Flight upgrades: 20 tips for free or cheap business class #airfares

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Get free or business on the cheap

They’re the Holy Grail for regular travellers but while rare, flight upgrades do exist.

The chances of getting one can be slim, but here are our top 20 tips for boosting your chances of bagging a better seat. Of course, the bulk of these tips won’t be relevant on a budget airline where there is only one class.

Join frequent flyer schemes before you fly

The best way to get regular upgrades is to join a frequent flyer scheme and diligently build up points/miles.

Getting to top levels like ‘Gold’ or ‘Premier’ (varies by airline) gives you huge status at check-in, putting you at the front of the line for any spare expensive seats, and sometimes even equals an upgrade every time one’s available. Of course, to get there, you need to fly regularly and airlines can make it tricky to accrue points on discounted flights.

If you don’t take to the skies that often, it’s still a good idea to join as most are free and you’re more likely to get an upgrade than if you’ve no relationship with the airline at all.

Even if you have no intention of sticking with the airline you’re flying with, it could still be worth joining its scheme to leapfrog people who haven’t, and nothing stops you signing up for a few different ones.

If you have no luck with a free upgrade, loyalty schemes also allow you to use any points to buy an upgrade for some tickets.

It’s not what you know but who you know

If you’ve got close friends at the check-in desk, or better still, higher up in the airline, they may be able to wangle you occasional special privileges. Some airlines also give their staff upgrade vouchers, which’ll effectively buy you an upgrade if there’s a higher-class seat available.

Don’t waste your time or miles on short-haul upgrades. long-haul is where it’s at

There’s not much point going to the end of the Earth to wangle a free upgrade on a short-haul flight, and certainly little sense in using your flyer points or cash to pay for one. Often, all you get is a slightly bigger seat and a fancier sandwich at best.

Instead, medium and long-haul flights offer the best value upgrades and you’ll have time to enjoy them. You only tend to get the flat beds and all the bells and whistles on a longer journey.

What do I get if I upgrade?

Here we explain the different cabin classes and what you typically get. But before getting into the nitty-gritty, this is about non-budget airline cabins, given the budget carriers only have one class. The four main classes are.

Economy class. Small seat, basic food, basic service.

With limited legroom on most long-haul carriers, ‘cattle class’ offers the most basic service, and is primarily the domain of leisure travellers.

What’s included can vary widely, though. Nifty website SeatGuru shows whether an airline includes in-seat video and games, and if there is a power socket and wi-fi.

Not on every airline, premium economy offers a similar overall service to regular economy, but around six extra inches of legroom with seats that fold back further, making sleeping much easier – especially if you’re tall.

Business class. Big and possibly fold-flat seat, luxury food & service, lounge access

Flying business on European short-haul flights isn’t so exciting; many book it to get access to the lounge (see cheap lounge access instead). Going long-haul business class is a different story, with all sorts of benefits.

This highly profitable class is made to impress, so travellers get faster check-in, top quality menus, and many long-haul business class seats can be rendered totally flat for sleeping. You can find quasi-classes, such as Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class, which many say is a cross between business and first.

First class. High-end luxury, exceptional cost, lounge access

True first class only exists on premium commercial routes, so beware as a few airlines call their business class “first”. It means the crиme de la crиme of comfort, both on the plane and at the airport. Often the seat can be replaced by a full bed with bedding. Massages may also be available, as well as the highest quality of personal concierge service.

Of course, this level of luxury comes at an eye-watering price. For a transatlantic return, 6,000 isn’t surprising.

Free upgrades do happen – nearly one in five have got one in the last two years

They might be less frequent than they used to be, but free upgrades do still exist. In July 2014 we polled our users who’d flown in the last two years and found 16% had been upgraded for free, though of those on a non-budget airline, the figure is 18%.





22/12/2017

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Portland, OR Travel Guide #travel #to #london

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Portland, OR Travel Guide

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Whether you call it PDX, P-town, Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, or simply Portland, you’ll want to visit this vibrant destination in the. Read More

Whether you call it PDX, P-town, Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, or simply Portland, you’ll want to visit this vibrant destination in the Pacific Northwest for its eccentric locals, its dynamic downtown—resplendent with microbreweries, coffee shops, brunch spots, and book stores—and the sweeping natural scenery that surrounds it, like the sparkling Willamette River and majestic Mount Hood.

Eco-conscious travelers shouldn’t pass up a chance to visit Portland for some of the greenest urban policies in the United States, while food and drink connoisseurs will flock to the city for the best local microbrews and ultra-hip eateries tucked into charming urban pockets throughout the city. Everyone will appreciate the cultural offerings and natural sites. No matter what interests you, T+L’s Portland travel guide has you covered.

With forward-thinking chefs, green urban spaces, and a laid-back sensibility, Portland, Oregon, makes for the perfect getaway. While the sprawling Southeast area is popular for its indie shops and Craftsman bungalows, it’s also home to Division Street, the city’s newly minted restaurant row. The Pearl District remains its most upscale area, with the shopping and luxury lofts to match, while downtown’s creative hub in the West End caters to hipsters at packed cafés and buzzy lounges.

Portland’s climate is mild year-round, but winters bring cloudy weather and lots of rain. Plan your visit in the spring to see rhododendrons, azaleas, cherry trees, and roses come into full bloom amid occasional spring showers, or visit in summer to experience long, dry days and warm temperatures, with plenty of outdoor festivals to keep you busy (there’s the Portland Rose Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, MusicfestNW, Time-Based Art Festival, and the Pedalpalooza bike festival, to name but a few). Go in the fall if you’re looking for slightly cooler weather, or to experience the city’s many cultural offerings, including musicals, opera, ballet, and the Portland symphony.





04/12/2017

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Portland, OR Hotels – View 225 Cheap Hotel Deals #travel #agents

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Portland is one of the weirdest and most wonderful towns in the Pacific Northwest thanks to its delicious food, world-class people watching, ample art scene, acres of green space, and effortless natural beauty. This eclectic Oregon city just begs to be visited. If you’re ready to experience the wonderful weirdness of Portland. book one of the many hotels in Portland to get your Oregon journey started.

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Out and About in Portland

For unique accommodations, consider a stay at one of the many boutique hotels in Portland. When you’re ready to get out and see the town, head to Powell’s City of Books, which is one of the country’s largest bookstores. Boasting three stories and one complete city block, Powell’s is every book lover’s dream. When you’re finished cracking spines, head to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a beautiful public area located in the center of Chinatown. In the afternoon, check out The Grotto, a popular local cathedral that offers ample botanical gardens and gorgeous architecture. In the evening, head down to one of the city’s many microbreweries to enjoy a pint and some live music.

Portland is a city that knows all about food and visitors will have no trouble searching for a bite. For breakfast, head to the Stepping Stone Cafe for a house-made Bloody Mary and a delicious omelette made from local eggs. For lunch grab some authentic Thai food at Thai Peacock Restaurant, located downtown, and then head across the river to Castagna on Hawthorne Boulevard for dinner. This classy local establishment offers foraged greens, molecular style, and show-stopping presentations. For a post-dinner cocktail, head north of the 84 to Hale Pele for a tiki-themed drink made with a healthy dose of Portland flair.

Travelocity can help you search for Portland hotel deals to assist you in your wonderfully weird vacation. With so many cheap hotels in Portland, your trip will exceed expectations while also staying under budget.





04/12/2017

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Travel Nursing Jobs, OR Nurse Jobs #wholesale #travel

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Travel Nursing Jobs

Advanced Surgical is a travel nursing company specializing in the placement of registered nurses in Surgical Units, Operating Rooms, and Cardiac Care. At Advanced Surgical, you can expect a comprehensive assortment of settings at facilities in all regions of the country.

At Advanced Surgical, we partner with our travel nurses to find the ideal position for your professional growth. Our customized travel nursing assignments allow you to pick the setting, location, and shift to enable you to reach your full financial and professional potential. In addition to our personalized service, we offer a tremendous benefit package.

  • Customized Pay Packages
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Advanced Surgical promises you the career guidance and clinical support you deserve. We strive to form long term partnerships based on quality and integrity. Make Advanced Surgical your travel nurse agency of choice, call (866) 566-8618.





26/11/2017

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Booking flight tickets together or in separate parts? Travel Stack Exchange

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Booking flight tickets together or in separate parts?

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The catch is that if you book the tickets separately and then the flight from A to B is delayed, causing you to miss the flight from B to C, it becomes your problem to arrange for alternative transport from B to C. The airline has no obligations towards you, even if it was their own delayed flight that caused the issue. Worse still, if the B->C ticket had a return C->B that will likely be cancelled as well since you missed the first flight on the ticket.

If you had booked the entire trip as a single ticket, the airline would however be responsible for getting you to C if the earlier flight was delayed. This may include putting you up (for free) in a hotel overnight if there are no more flights to C on that day.

Of course, the airline may exceed their obligations and put you on a later flight at no or little cost to you. But the only way to be sure that failed connection will not result in significant additional cost is to book the trip as a single ticket. Budget airlines, in particular, are unlikely to show you any flexibility.

Another consideration (which may not be relevant in the question here as it is the same airline, but applies to connections between different airlines) is that you may need to claim and recheck your luggage at B. If it is a single ticket you should always be able to check your luggage through to your destination (assuming you don’t need to collect it to go through customs).





21/11/2017

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US Airlines tickets: Real deal or scam? #sherman #s #travel

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US Airlines tickets: Real deal or scam?

Published On: Jun 18 2013 07:56:39 PM EDT

People all across the country are getting the letter. It says, “You have qualified for an award of two roundtrip airline tickets.”

Carol Byers of Manheim Township got one. She reads, “The retail value of this award is up to $1,198.”

The envelope seemed to be handwritten and the letterhead has the name of an airline that doesn’t even exist.

“But then as I looked at it, there’s no such thing as US Airlines; it’s US Airways,” said Byers.

In the last week, dozens of viewers have contacted News 8 to explain the letter, asking if it’s a scam.

No one had actually called the number on the letter, so News 8’s Brian Roche did. He spoke to a woman named Dusty who would only tell me she worked for a marketing firm in Arizona.

“Dusty, just let me clarify–these are two free airline tickets?” asked Brian Roche.

She told him the tickets were not free, they were complimentary, as long as he went to a presentation for a travel agency. Roche then asked Dusty, “So the bottom line is that this doesn’t cost me anything to go to this?”

Dusty made an appointment for Roche to attend the presentation at 52 Grumbacher Road in York.

So News 8 went to the address and found an empty parking lot and an unmarked building. But inside, there is evidence that it is where you go for the travel deals.

Before this recent wave of letters, local consumers were receiving travel check vouchers also with the name of the fictitious US Airlines.

News 8 learned that anyone responding to this would get the same sales pitch to attend a presentation at the address in York.

One viewer who did attend told News 8 that she and her husband were asked to join a travel club and pay more than $11,000. As they tried to leave, the price dropped below $1,500.

While it may be easy to call this a scam, News 8 is going to stop just short of that. What it really seems to be is a promotional campaign designed to get people to join a travel club. No one who has contacted News 8 has reported spending or losing any money after getting one of the letters or travel vouchers.

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09/11/2017

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Global Master in Finance #mba #or #masters #in #finance


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A step forward with your career in finance

The program is aimed at executive professionals with a minimum of 5 years work experience in the world of finance or related field. The program is offered in the blended format with three residential periods in Madrid-London-Madrid. This unique methodology allows participants to obtain a Master degree while staying at work.

The Blended Methodology

Designed through the awarded IE Blended Methodology, the Global Master in Finance combines 3 face-to-face periods with online interactive distance learning periods. with asynchronous online sessions and live interactive videoconferences. This new generation of blended education has been recognized as the best in the world by the FT for IE´s Global MBA in 2014 2015.

High Profile Classroom

GMIF students are senior professionals executives with extensive work experience in finance which hold positions such as CFO, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents etc. of banks, multinationals, consultancies etc. They work in diverse fields, ranging from project finance and capital markets to auditing and manufacturing industries, are high-performing ambitious that come to IE with open-minds and global mindsets to share the same passion for finance ethical practice.

Flexibility in customizing your study hours

Apart from live videoconference that take place every Saturday at 16.00 and 18.00. During the week, students participate in asynchronous forum sessions according to their time zone. Participants connect to the Virtual Campus in order to access the 24/7 forums. This allows students to make their written contributions at whatever hour best fits their schedule.

Optional trips to New York and Ghana

One of the highlights of the program is the optional trips to New York (limited places). Students have the opportunities to visit top companies in the financial industries in NYC and meet top strategists and experts through seminars and talks. In addition, the trip to Ghana will allow students to have a life-changing experience in Ghana as part of the Microfinance project (Financiers without Borders) and will be able to apply their knowledge in finance to a real life case.

How your classmates will be

IE s blended methodology allows participants to interact with classmates and professors from any part of the world, without interrupting their professional lives.

with extensive experience
in banking sector 50%

MODULE I
Interactive Distance Learning

Interactive Distance Learning

  • Economics for Markets
  • Introduction to Capital Markets
  • Financial Accounting
  • Quantitative Finance Essentials
  • Corporate Finance
  • Derivatives Fixed income Fundamentals
  • Financial Modelling
  • Advanced Topics in World Economy
  • Commodities
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Portfolio Management Competition
  • Employability in Finance

MODULE II
Interactive Distance Learning

Interactive Distance Learning

  • Valuation Equity Research
  • Foundations of Banking
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Foreign Echange
  • Risk Governance
  • Mergers Acquisitions
  • Asset Allocation
  • Etrepreneurship through Acquisitions Private Equity
  • Portfolio Management Competition
  • Employability in Finance

Interactive Distance Learning

The methodology is eminently practical and based on teamwork and the case method. Topics are analyzed through participants’ discussion of real business cases and simulations under the guidance of the professor, who leads and focuses the debate. This methodology helps identify the main problems companies have to deal with, and develops participants’ decision making skills. The interactive distance learning dynamic is based on combining live videoconference sessions and asynchronous discussion forums.

Virtual Campus

IE’s virtual campus is the principal tool used by students and professors, and is the basic web platform which supports all of the program’s online activities. Every student has their own personal access codes to allow them to use the campus whenever they wish. Once logged in, students have access to forums focused on the subjects they are currently studying. In addition to this, students can make use of private forums for group work, and the virtual café, a space where all class members can discuss any topics of interest.

Live Videoconferences

A live videoconference takes place every Saturday from 15:30 17:00 (Madrid time). These sessions allow students and professors to have live interaction via video and audio connections (using webconference platforms provided by IE). Each session lasts 90 minutes and attendance is mandatory. This format allows class members to maintain weekly face-to-face contact with professors and fellow participants. Sessions consist of a mixture of case discussions, group presentations, and lectures.

Forum-Based Debates

Between Monday Thursday, students participate in sessions which take place on the discussion forums. Participants connect to the Virtual Campus in order to access the forums, which are active 24/7. This allows students to make their written contributions at whatever hour best fits their schedule. The number of interventions per student is limited to 5 short contributions in order to encourage a fluid debate.

University Diploma

Upon program completion you will receive a University Private Degree from IE Business School and IE Universidad.
IE Business School is a school within IE Universidad, which is a University officially accredited by the Spanish education authorities, allowed to provide official Bachelor and Master’s degrees, whose qualifications are officially submitted by the Spanish Ministry of Education, in accordance with the Spanish legislation. Likewise, IE Universidad is legally authorized to provide its own University Private Degrees, which differ from the official ones in that they are created and provided by exercising the University’s autonomy conferred by the Spanish regulations. These University Private Degrees are specifically directed towards the professional application of such studies and the constant update of the higher education, preserving the educational standards of excellence of IE.

Voice of our Students

Manuel Sansigre (Spain)

M A Associate at Three Ocean Partners, New York
Class of 2009

I graduated from the MIAF in 2009, after that I worked in a leading Spanish M A boutique and now I am working in M A in New York. Prior to IE, I was working in strategy and finance at IBM, but I believed the banking sector would provide a better fit for my profile. Changing sector is always a tough decision to make in your career path, I have been able to leverage the education and networking opportunities that IE offers.

Dennis Lin (Canada)

Banco Santander
Class of 2014

With an undergraduate degree in music, I was an unlikely candidate to be in business not to mention in the highly specialized world of finance. Taking risks and working hard to get into the business world were understatements – I had to be more strategic in my approach and act with more conviction than others to make it. IE was an integral part in achieving my goal of becoming a truly international businessman and financier.

Rankings

The Master in Finance has been consistently ranked in the top 4 by the Financial Times´ Global Masters in Finance rankings in the past four years. It is also ranked No.1 worldwide by eFinancialCareers, a ranking that measures the number of students who got jobs in top investment banks.

3 rd Master in Finance Worldwide Financial Times
June 2016

1 st Master in Finance for getting an investment banking job E-Financial Careers
August 2014

5 th European Business School Financial Times
December 2015


03/11/2017

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Wilmington HVAC #day #or #night #plumbing


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At William G. Day Company, we ve been family owned and operated for over twenty years. In that time we ve set out to make a name for ourselves as the best plumbing, heating, and cooling company anywhere based on the principles of professional, honest, and quality service. Those principles come from being family owned and operated. When you choose us, we re going to treat you as the friends and neighbors you are to our family and give you a higher level of service than you can find elsewhere.

24 Hour Emergency Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Water Heater Repairs

When you have a plumbing, heating, or cooling emergency you don t want to sit around in standing water, sweating in the heat, or freezing in the cold while you wait for normal business hours to make a service call. That is why we have made available our same professional, honest, and quality service twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for when you have those unfortunate breakdowns or problems. No matter the time of day, we re here ready to help you get back to enjoying your home.

Heating Air Conditioning Installation and Replacement

There s a lot of skill that goes into replacing or installing a new air conditioning system. It takes years of both classroom and on-the-job training to be able to perform one with the skill levels that all of our technicians perform at. When you need a new system installed, or parts replaced, you want to know that you re going to have the most professional and honest technicians and receive the highest quality service. For all of us here, that is our raison d être; providing you with the very best. It s where we draw our motto of, What a difference a Day makes! from.

Heating Air Conditioning Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the most essential, and simple, step in owning and caring for an air conditioning system. Failure to perform regular maintenance is the number one cause of preventable issues with a home air conditioning system and we see the problems that arise from that all too often. Our William G. Day Company technicians will take their time on your air conditioning systems when performing maintenance so you can be sure that your system will operate at peak performance for years to come.

Heating Air Conditioning Financing

Heating and air conditioning equipment are highly complex and precision engineered systems of equipment and their costs do often reflect that. But with our special financing options you don t have to worry about breaking the bank with a large up-front investment. We have a number of different financing options available to suit every need and budget. We will work with you to find not only the best prices on equipment but the best financing options for you, too.

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One of the things we re very proud of at William G. Day is being a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. Carrier was the company that first invented the modern air conditioning system as we know it and since that day in 1901, they have been at the forefront of heating and air conditioning technology. We carry a full line of Carrier products from heating and air conditioning systems, to indoor air quality equipment, and even modern geothermal technology. When you choose Carrier you re getting the very pinnacle of HVAC technology and engineering.

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12/10/2017

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Taskbar Pinned Programs – Enable or Disable – Windows 7 Help


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Windows 7: Taskbar Pinned Programs – Enable or Disable

This will allow you to enable and disable the ability for specific or all users to pin a program to the taskbar, and allow or prevent pinned programs from being shown on the taskbar for all users in Windows 7. Pin to Taskbar and pinned programs is enable by default in Windows 7.

Using a REG File Download

1.To Enable Taskbar Pinned Programs forOnly Current User A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Enable_Taskbar_Pinned_Programs.reg

B) Go to step 3.
2.To Disable Taskbar Pinned Programs forOnly Current User A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Disable_Taskbar_Pinned_Programs.reg

3. Click on Save. and save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run. Yes. Yes. and OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the all users . specific users or groups . or all users except administratorsLocal Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration. Administrative Templates. and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)
3. In the right pane, right click on Remove pinned programs from the taskbar and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Taskbar Pinned Programs A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (See screenshot below step 6)

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That’s it,
Shawn

Hello Crossnet, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you mean that you do not have the Pin to taskbar option in the context menu, then this is usually caused by using a XP method to remove the shortcut arrow icon instead of the proper Vista and Windows 7 method. If this may be the case, then try restoring the default shortcut arrow overlay icon using either method in the tutorial below, then see if you have the Pin to taskbar option afterwards.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self built custom
OS 64-bit Windows 10 Pro
CPU Intel i7-3930K 3.2 Ghz (O/C 4 Ghz)
Motherboard ASRock X79 Extreme11
Memory 32 GB (4x8GB) G.SKILL DDR3 Quad PC3-19200 2400MHz
Graphics Card MSI N760 TF 4GB5/OC GTX 760 4GB
Sound Card SB Recon 3Di Integrated Chip
Monitor(s) Displays 3 x 27 Asus VE278Q
Screen Resolution 1920×1080

Keyboard Logitech wireless K800
Mouse Logitech MX Master
PSU OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
Case Corsair Air 740
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Hard Drives 256GB OCZ Vector 6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
Internet Speed 300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
Antivirus Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
Browser IE11
Other Info Creative F200 webcam * Lite-On iHBS212 12x BD Writer * Samsung CLX-3175FW Printer * Linksys EA9500 Router * Arris SB6190 Cable Modem * APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL

Thanx for the answer. Yes, i remove the shortcut arrow icon. But i do that since i installed windows 7 for the first time about six month ago. and there is no problem with taskbar pin. But now, suddenly the taskbar pin is disappear from my windows 7 taskbar and it can’t to enable/show again.

and also i don’t have the Pin to taskbar option in the context menu

OS Windows 7
CPU INTEL DUAL CORE E5500 2.8GHz
Motherboard FOXCONN G41MX-K
Memory VISIPRO DDR2 1GBX2 PC6400
Graphics Card ONBOARD
Sound Card ONBOARD
Monitor(s) Displays LG LCD 17 (L177WSB)
Screen Resolution 1440 X 900

Keyboard STANDARD
Mouse OPTIC STANDARD
PSU STANDARD (CASING BUILT-IN) 450W
Case ADVANCE
Cooling STANDARD (INTEL PROCESSOR HEATSHINK)
Hard Drives SEAGATE BARACUDA SATA 250GB 7200RPM

As a test, go ahead and restore the shortcut arrow using the tutorial link above to see if that restores your pin to taskbar option. If it does, then you can use the same tutorial to remove the shortcut arrow.

If you removed the shortcut arrow using one of these all-in-one type tune-up/customize programs, then be sure that you do not still have it set to not have a shortcut arrow.

Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self built custom
OS 64-bit Windows 10 Pro
CPU Intel i7-3930K 3.2 Ghz (O/C 4 Ghz)
Motherboard ASRock X79 Extreme11
Memory 32 GB (4x8GB) G.SKILL DDR3 Quad PC3-19200 2400MHz
Graphics Card MSI N760 TF 4GB5/OC GTX 760 4GB
Sound Card SB Recon 3Di Integrated Chip
Monitor(s) Displays 3 x 27 Asus VE278Q
Screen Resolution 1920×1080

Keyboard Logitech wireless K800
Mouse Logitech MX Master
PSU OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
Case Corsair Air 740
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Hard Drives 256GB OCZ Vector 6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
Internet Speed 300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
Antivirus Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
Browser IE11
Other Info Creative F200 webcam * Lite-On iHBS212 12x BD Writer * Samsung CLX-3175FW Printer * Linksys EA9500 Router * Arris SB6190 Cable Modem * APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL

Moving pinned programs to the right of the taskbar
Hello, Hopefully i’m posting at the right section. But I wanted to know if it is possible to make your pinned programs be at the right of the taskbar. So lets say you open a new program right now it comes to the right of the pinned programs right? Is it possible to move the pinned programs.

Taskbar – Separate Pinned Programs
How to Sort Pinned Programs into Categories on the Taskbar This is similar to how to pin folders to the taskbar, but my own ‘tweaked’ way of doing it with programs Example: Here is my version of the program sorting: Update- You can do this to make Shutdown/Restart buttons as well.

Programs pinned to taskbar, loose their Icon
I have Windows 7 RC installed on two different computers and this has happened on both. I’ll install a program I use a lot, pin it to the taskbar and some of the icons will lose their original icon after awhile. It doesn’t seem to effect the operation of the program or the shortcut to the.

Can’t Switch Programs On Screen Via Programs Pinned to Taskbar
An example: I open Firefox full-screen. If I try to switch to Outlook, which is open and showing in the taskbar, it wont let me. I am forced to minimize Firefox Same thing happens when Outlook is full screen.

Odd problem with pinned programs on taskbar
I seem to be having a problem with the pinned programs on my taskbar and I was wondering if anybody can help me here. Most of the programs on my taskbar simply highlight the icon that I clicked when I want to start the program or start a new instance of the program. However, a select few programs.

Problem with right click on programs pinned to taskbar.
Hello. I hope I’m in the good section for my post. When I right click on Windows Media Player on the taskbar, the recent files and task lists appears, but don’t work. when I click on a file or a task, nothing happen :(. However, it worked at the beginning (just after Windows installation).


01/10/2017

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How does a GPS tracking system work?

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a worldwide radio-navigation system formed from the constellation of 24 satellites and their ground stations. The Global Positioning System is mainly funded and controlled by the U.S Department of Defense (DOD). The system was initially designed for the operation of U. S. military. But today, there are also many civil users of GPS across the whole world. The civil users are allowed to use the Standard Positioning Service without any kind of charge or restrictions.

Global Positioning System tracking is a method of working out exactly where something is. A GPS tracking system, for example, may be placed in a vehicle, on a cell phone, or on special GPS devices, which can either be a fixed or portable unit. GPS works by providing information on exact location. It can also track the movement of a vehicle or person. So, for example, a GPS tracking system can be used by a company to monitor the route and progress of a delivery truck, and by parents to check on the location of their child, or even to monitor high-valued assets in transit.

A GPS tracking system uses the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network. This network incorporates a range of satellites that use microwave signals that are transmitted to GPS devices to give information on location, vehicle speed, time and direction. So, a GPS tracking system can potentially give both real-time and historic navigation data on any kind of journey.

GPS provides special satellite signals, which are processed by a receiver. These GPS receivers not only track the exact location but can also compute velocity and time. The positions can even be computed in three-dimensional views with the help of four GPS satellite signals. The Space Segment of the Global Positioning System consists of 27 Earth-orbiting GPS satellites. There are 24 operational and 3 extra (in case one fails) satellites that move round the Earth each 12 hours and send radio signals from space that are received by the GPS receiver.

The control of the Positioning System consists of different tracking stations that are located across the globe. These monitoring stations help in tracking signals from the GPS satellites that are continuously orbiting the earth. Space vehicles transmit microwave carrier signals. The users of Global Positioning Systems have GPS receivers that convert these satellite signals so that one can estimate the actual position, velocity and time.

The operation of the system is based on a simple mathematical principle called trilateration. Trilateration falls into two categories: 2-D Trilateration and 3-D Trilateration. In order to make the simple mathematical calculation the GPS receiver must know two things. First it must know the location of the place is to be traced by at least three satellites above the place. Second, it must know the distance between the place and each of those Space Vehicles. Units that have multiple receivers that pick up signals from several GPS satellites at a same time. These radio waves are electromagnetic energy that travels at the speed of light.

A GPS tracking system can work in various ways. From a commercial perspective, GPS devices are generally used to record the position of vehicles as they make their journeys. Some systems will store the data within the GPS tracking system itself (known as passive tracking) and some send the information to a centralized database or system via a modem within the GPS system unit on a regular basis (known as active tracking) or 2-Way GPS.

A passive GPS tracking system will monitor location and will store its data on journeys based on certain types of events. So, for example, this kind of GPS system may log data such as where the device has traveled in the past 12 hours. The data stored on this kind of GPS tracking system is usually stored in internal memory or on a memory card, which can then be downloaded to a computer at a later date for analysis. In some cases the data can be sent automatically for wireless download at predetermined points/times or can be requested at specific points during the journey.

An active GPS tracking system is also known as a real-time system as this method automatically sends the information on the GPS system to a central tracking portal or system in real-time as it happens. This kind of system is usually a better option for commercial purposes such as fleet tracking or monitoring of people, such as children or elderly, as it allows a caregiver to know exactly where loved ones are, whether they are on time and whether they are where they are supposed to be during a journey. This is also a useful way of monitoring the behavior of employees as they carry out their work and of streamlining internal processes and procedures for delivery fleets.

Real-time tracking is also particularly useful from a security perspective as it allows vehicle owners to pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle at any given time. And, the GPS tracking system in the vehicle may then be able to help police work out where the vehicle was taken to if it was stolen.

Mobile Phone Tracking

The development of communications technology has long since surpassed the sole ability to access others when they are mobile. Today, mobile communication devices are becoming much more advanced and offer more than the ability to just carry on a conversation. Cell phone GPS tracking is one of those advances.

All cell phones constantly broadcast a radio signal, even when not on a call. The cell phone companies have been able to estimate the location of a cell phone for many years using triangulation information from the towers receiving the signal. However, the introduction of GPS technology into cell phones has meant that cell phone GPS tracking now makes this information a lot more accurate.

With GPS technology now more commonplace in many new smartphones, this means that the location of anyone carrying a GPS enabled smartphone can be accurately tracked at any time. Cell phone GPS tracking can therefore be a useful feature for business owners, parents, friends and co-workers looking to connect with one another. GPS Tracking Apps (www.gpstrackingapps.com) provides a suit of Apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and latest Samsung operating system bada all of which can be used to track one another on a location-based social networking portal or from phone to phone.

The technology of locating is based on measuring power levels and antenna patterns and uses the concept that a mobile phone always communicates wirelessly with one of the closest base stations, so if you know which base station the phone communicates with, you know that the phone is close to the respective base station.

Advanced systems determine the sector in which the mobile phone resides and roughly estimate also the distance to the base station. Further approximation can be accomplished by interpolating signals between adjacent antenna towers. Qualified services may achieve a precision of down to 50 meters in urban areas where mobile traffic and density of antenna towers (base stations) is sufficiently high. Rural and desolate areas may see miles between base stations and therefore determine locations less precisely.


21/09/2017

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get Paid To Do It!)

When I turned 18, I decided to move out of my parents’ home. I wanted to see the world, but I had no money at all. How could I travel the world when I was totally broke? But I also believe our dreams can come true when we set ourselves up for success. I found ways to move around despite my lack of money. I hope I can open your horizons a bit and inspire you to find creative ways of getting paid to travel, or at least to cover some (if not all) of your travel expenses.

Work As An Au-pair

An au-pair (literally meaning an extra pair of hands) is usually a young foreign person between 18 and 30 years old, who wants to travel the world, learn a new language, experience a new culture, and live new adventures. In exchange for that, they offer a maximum of 25 to 30 hours of help to a local family who provides food and accommodation, plus pocket money. The au-pair lives with a local family, usually helps with the children, and should be considered a member of the family and treated respectfully.

When searching for a host family, make sure you are like-minded and have a lot of things in common. That s the key to a great experience. Some families will offer some perks, like your airfare, a language course, a monthly transportation pass, etc. Check which family offers you the best perks, but always keeping in mind that compatibility, similar ethics and lifestyle is way more important than any “perk.”

I´m now in Switzerland, doing a very short au-pair program. I have a wonderful host family, great children and I´m very glad I had this chance to live in Zurich, while experiencing the culture through the eyes of a local family.

Work At Summer Camps Across the United States

Summer camps can be a great opportunity for you to travel to the States and have all your expenses met. Every summer, hundreds of American summer camps fill up with children wanting to have a great time. You can travel to another state if you want a new experience as a camp counselor, and some of the camps also hire young foreigners who want to have a taste of America and meet people from all walks of life in exchange for daily activities with kids. You won t make a fortune and you might not be able to save much, but you ll be paid and have zero expenses.

After the summer camps are over, you have the opportunity to travel all over the United States with the money you made. You ll probably team up with other people you ve met at the camp so you won t be on your own.

Teach English

This is probably the most profitable work/travel opportunity out there. If you re a native speaker, you can just take a short online course or even find countries which won t require any certificate.

If English is not your native language, you can still do it, but you should have decent English skills. Having actually completed an ESL course is a plus as well.

Work on a Cruise Line

This is hard work and you ll be living with the people you work with, which is not always easy — especially if you don t like or don t get along with someone. But it s a great opportunity to travel and making good money at the same time. Your ability to have time off when the ship arrives at a certain port depends on your type of job and duties. If you re in the cleaning department, you might have to work, but if you re working with other departments like entertainment, massage, hairdresser, etc, you might have time off.

Every year many cruise lines around the world recruit people from all walks of life. If you want to sail across the world, get a CV ready and check for hiring dates. A quick Google search should tell you which cruise lines fit you better, which routes you d like to do, and who s recruiting. There are also forums where you can ask questions to people who work or have worked aboard cruises.

Work as a Tour Guide

Are you extrovert, communicative, and have patience to deal with people all day long?

I believe being a tour guide or tour leader can be one of the best ways of exploring the world, get paid, and have no expenses. You might get to experience things you wouldn t otherwise. You ll meet people from all over the world and live a wonderful adventure. Some tour companies specialize in adventure travel, budget travel, spring break adventures. you ll find something that relates to you if you search for it. Contracts usually last for a year or more, so you ll have to be very available with no attachments, no pets, no and no significant other (unless you don t want to see them more than once a year!). This is easy for the early 20s, but more complicated for the older folks. I think it s a chance you could grab if you re totally free.

Get A Temporary Agriculture Job

I ve picked up grapes in France for 3 weeks and then had money to travel for a year — on a super low budget, not luxury traveling for sure! Usually, the money is great and the work is temporary. You ll meet other people from all over the world, mainly travelers who are also gathering some cash together. You usually get a free place to stay and some wine for your efforts. Everyone I know and who did grape picking in France said the job was super easy, relaxed and fun. Australia and New Zealand usually welcome farm workers as well.

Workaway

You won t be paid as a workawayer, but you should have all expenses covered, while volunteering. The Workaway website is a work/exchange volunteer type of program, with projects all over the world. I love the workaway concept of making your way around the world by volunteering and giving back to the community, while having the expenses paid and getting to know a new culture in depth. Workaway is perfect for people who want to stay a long time in a certain place for free or as a chance to learn a new language.

Couchsurfing And BlaBlaCar

I ve met the most amazing people through the Couchsurfing community. People are usually very open-minded and generous. If you want to travel around and have a free place to sleep, this is the best option! Remember that hosts’ homes are not a free hotel, so treat them and their space with respect, offer to cook for them, and always keep in mind you re being welcomed by a very generous person who hosted you out of kindness.

If you want to connect with local people, hang out, make new friends, find company to do activities, check out the events page at the Couchsurfing website. There s always something going on!

If you have a car or a van and enjoy traveling by road, using BlaBlaCar or some other type of carpooling website will meet all of your travel expenses. On these carpooling/ride share websites, people share expenses and travel by land. You have to all be heading in the same general direction, but if you take a couple of people, you re probably be able to cover 100% of the fuel costs. This is a win-win situation for all: carpoolers will have the convenience of going by car and not having to drive, and you’ll have your gas money covered. (Don’t have a car? Check it out anyway for a few outstanding cheap rides; you ll save an incredible amount of money. Oftentimes, there are free rides because some people get really bored traveling long distances alone and are happy to just have company to chat while they’re driving.)

Making Sure Your Food Expenses Are Covered

I didn t buy basically any food during those overland trips. I had no cash for that, so what did I do?

Most bakeries, pizza shops, and restaurants throw away ALL the fresh food they didn t sell during that day. So I took advantage of that. When I traveled around Italy, I ate pizza nonstop: they were free and healthy, and filled with veggies and good quality ingredients. In the evening, before the bakeries or pizzerias closed, I d ask if they had any food they were about to throw away. I usually got more food than I could even carry, leaving me with dinner, breakfast and lunch for next day.

People can be extremely generous and they have nothing to lose by offering the food. Be aware this WON T work with big chains, just small family businesses!

I also asked around in the markets. I remember in Venezia, I got so many fresh tomatoes that I had daily delicious sandwiches. I got lots of free fruits as well. In France, I got lots of veggie burgers and other 100% organic/bio products from health food stores. They gave me excellent products that were about to expire in a couple of days. Most market vendors will give you free vegetables and fruit, sometimes more than you can carry! If you have access to a kitchen, you can eat extremely well without spending a cent.





07/09/2017

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31/08/2017

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Camp 18 Restaurant in Elsie, Oregon 97138 – Coastal Dining –


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The Camp 18 dining room, with its log cabin ambiance and civilized rustic décor, offers a variety of seating options from small tables for two on up to a large dining table for a small crowd.


Leave a bit of extra room – or a lot – for one of the famous Camp 18 cinnamon rolls. They make a sinfully delicious side trip to breakfast or any other meal, and when fresh from the oven, they’re almost irresistible.

An all new 2016 restaurant menu is online – please check it out here!

Click here to see more holiday pictures!

Welcome to the home page for the Camp 18 Restaurant, located in Elsie, Oregon. Camp 18 could easily be your most popular stop on your way to and from the Oregon Coast via State Highway 26 between Portland and Seaside / Cannon Beach. Camp 18 is the result of enormous efforts by Gordon Smith and the late Maurie Clark, both near-legendary figures in the northwest logging scene.

Camp 18 is a log cabin-type structure built by Gordon Smith and friends. Its architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques and features, for example, an 85-foot ridgepole that’s the largest such piece in the United States and weighs approximately 25 tons. There’s plenty of RV-size parking in the lot.


Although it lacks a few small details, the almost-fully-rigged 161-foot spar tree is a signature piece on the Camp 18 equipment roster.


Expect to see lots of cool wood carvings throughout the Camp 18 facilities. The eye-catching marvel is a definite place to stop while driving Highway 26 in the Pacific Northwest. If you are visiting local communities like Seaside, Astoria, Cannon Beach, Nehalem, Wheeler or Portland, it’s a short and beautiful drive to Elsie!

The stunning main building and its eye-catching array of logging-related historic artifacts and artwork are hard to miss as you travel the Sunset Highway (26). It’s always worth your time to stop by, enjoy a good meal, browse the displays and learn more about our northwest logging heritage.

The Camp 18 log-cabin style restaurant has an interesting history you can read about. A beautiful Event Conference room is also available for rental!

If it’s a good meal you crave you can’t beat the food menu at Camp 18. To see a sample of the expansive offerings, click here .
From a hearty breakfast to lunch favorites to dinner entrees that satisfy any appetite, the “logger style meals” are tasty and wholesome.

We hope you enjoy your visit!


30/08/2017

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Complex Inventory Tasks Now Made Easy:

Advanced sorting by location, bin, lot, and serial number.

Among other easy-to-use tools that make managing your inventory more efficient is bin location tracking, which gives you pinpoint location information for every item in your inventory, across multiple sites or warehouses, right down to the bin. You can even see which serial/lot number is in each bin. Bin location and other tools let you sort by item, bin and location to make picking and stocking simpler and more efficient. Know at a glance what you have on hand, and where. Exactly.

Everything you need to efficiently manage your inventory is integrated seamlessly into your QuickBooks, so you don’t need to worry about learning how to use yet another software package; you already know how. Your inventory data is automatically tracked as you do the things you do to conduct your business. Every invoice, every sales order, every P.O. is automatically reflected in your inventory. It couldn’t be easier – if you use QuickBooks, and you need inventory management, you need Intuit’s Advanced Inventory for QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise.

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27/08/2017

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I had such a great experience here. Although the building is a little strange (and lit like a bad 70s porno), and some of their opperations are a bit confusing (like their hours!) If you call ahead you can usually get in within an hour after youve called.  Dr. Torres OBVIOUSLY cares about you, your trip and your health. He has travelled the world, and as an old man, now lives through his patients.

Read this article from the local paper (Willamate Weekly). He is featured as the best place to get shot  wweek.com/portland/artic…

Pros: Cheap!

Cons: Walk-in only, limited hours

I needed a TB test done for school, and this place has by far the most reasonable rates in town – most clinics insist on charging you an office fee when you come in for a TB test (hello, zoomcare), which seems ridiculous to me. Even the Multnomah County Health Clinic charges $45 (unless you re high-risk, in which case you can get it done for free at the county TB clinic). Dr. Torres charges $15 flat.





23/08/2017

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Portland, OR Hotels – View 225 Cheap Hotel Deals #japan #travel

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Portland is one of the weirdest and most wonderful towns in the Pacific Northwest thanks to its delicious food, world-class people watching, ample art scene, acres of green space, and effortless natural beauty. This eclectic Oregon city just begs to be visited. If you’re ready to experience the wonderful weirdness of Portland. book one of the many hotels in Portland to get your Oregon journey started.

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Out and About in Portland

For unique accommodations, consider a stay at one of the many boutique hotels in Portland. When you’re ready to get out and see the town, head to Powell’s City of Books, which is one of the country’s largest bookstores. Boasting three stories and one complete city block, Powell’s is every book lover’s dream. When you’re finished cracking spines, head to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a beautiful public area located in the center of Chinatown. In the afternoon, check out The Grotto, a popular local cathedral that offers ample botanical gardens and gorgeous architecture. In the evening, head down to one of the city’s many microbreweries to enjoy a pint and some live music.

Portland is a city that knows all about food and visitors will have no trouble searching for a bite. For breakfast, head to the Stepping Stone Cafe for a house-made Bloody Mary and a delicious omelette made from local eggs. For lunch grab some authentic Thai food at Thai Peacock Restaurant, located downtown, and then head across the river to Castagna on Hawthorne Boulevard for dinner. This classy local establishment offers foraged greens, molecular style, and show-stopping presentations. For a post-dinner cocktail, head north of the 84 to Hale Pele for a tiki-themed drink made with a healthy dose of Portland flair.

Travelocity can help you search for Portland hotel deals to assist you in your wonderfully weird vacation. With so many cheap hotels in Portland, your trip will exceed expectations while also staying under budget.





23/08/2017

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Hi everybody,

I have found these two forms in different texts, and I am not very sure about its proper use. I have found that the single l form (traveling) is commonly used by American English speakers, and travelling is the normative English form, but another doubt arises in me, I thought that the rule to double the final consonant when adding a suffix, suposses that it has to be a stressed syllable which ends in the following structure, consonat + vowel+ consonant , example: for get – forge tt ing, am I right? If it is so, is it an exception or am i forgetting anything?

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Traveling Vs. Travelling

but there are many exceptions, are there not, as already pointed out in this conversation, such as travelling, counselling, counsellor, modelling, quarrelled, cruellest .

One exception often pointed out in both country s usages – though I am sure that there are others – is for matting . which doubles the consonant even though it seems unnecessary to do so.

Kid napping . – which troubled me – from to kidnap , is said to be a back formation from kidnapper (kid napper = child stealer), which required the double consonant because of the stress on the first syllable. I read that there is an alternative spelling (US, I guess), kidnaper.





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Tin Inn Travel Trailers – RV Dealers – Klamath Falls, OR

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I purchased a 1956 Shasta 1500 from Tin Inn about a year ago, and was told that was advertised as being in amazing condition. IT had the original stove, gas lamp, ice box cabinets in decent condition, etc.  I paid $4000 for it.  In the world of vintage trailers this amount generally is reserved for trailers that have have been restored with rot removed, drip rails and windows removed and reset with new butyl tape.  They still generally have work to be done on them (upholstery, perhaps a broken window to be fixed, exterior paint, etc. ). I was told this trailer had all systems working, no leaks and that all old water damaged panels would be replaced and a new floor and window coverings would be put in before pick up. I was not able to do the pickup.  When my good friend arrived to do the pick up he inspected it and believed it looked as promised.  I arrived home in Oakland California safely and seemingly as promised.  However the first rainstorm revealed leaks in the newly installed roof vent, and in all four corners of the trailer.  Further inspection revealed that new panels had been placed over older rotten panels over rotted framing that was falling apart.  Extensive damage had been concealed.  When I contacted the business I was assured that it hadn t had any leaks and that the seals must have broken in transit.  She offered to have the workman come down and fix it..since he d be traveling to the bay area soon–no thanks. apologized for his inexperience.  I declined this offer, why would I want the person who messed it up to fix it.  Instead she gave me a $300 credit saying that is probably what the repairs would cost.   I wasn t satisfied, but figured this was going nowhere.

I took it upon myself to restore this trailer.  This involved replacing the skin front and back, building new floor front and back, and replacing rotted framing on sides, front and back, new insulation, new birch paneling. pulling, polishing and resetting all the windows and drip rail.  These repairs cost me more than $1,000 to complete using mostly my own labor, to bring it back to the condition is was supposed to have been in when I purchased it.  I added more upgrades and spend countless hours and another $1500 getting her to the point she is now.  This is documented in my blog aguadream.blogspot.com

Never buy a trailer that is promoted as ready to camp no leaks no rot from a distance unless you get full documentation of all work done.  And even then try to get someone who knows what to look for do a full and complete inspection.  If the person you are buying from is a dealer insist on references from at least several buyers who have had their trailers for several months.  A dealer who is proud of their work will be happy to provide oodles of restoration pictures and references.  The going rate for project trailers is 1000 to 1500 in the condition mine was actually in, don t pay more unless you have proof of the work done — which should include at least pictures showing the torn down condition of the trailer and step by step rebuild.  Insist that drip rails and windows be seated in new butyl tape and that NO silicone is used to caulk.   Insist on a complete list of repairs.  If the seller can t produce walk away and keep looking.

There are lots of reputable vintage trailer restorers out there.  Do your homework on facebook groups and other internet resources, go to vintage rallies and talk to owners.  Get a pro to go look at potential trailers with you.  Vintage trailer buffs in your area will likely be happy to oblige.





09/08/2017

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US Airlines tickets: Real deal or scam? #cook #travel

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US Airlines tickets: Real deal or scam?

Published On: Jun 18 2013 07:56:39 PM EDT

People all across the country are getting the letter. It says, “You have qualified for an award of two roundtrip airline tickets.”

Carol Byers of Manheim Township got one. She reads, “The retail value of this award is up to $1,198.”

The envelope seemed to be handwritten and the letterhead has the name of an airline that doesn’t even exist.

“But then as I looked at it, there’s no such thing as US Airlines; it’s US Airways,” said Byers.

In the last week, dozens of viewers have contacted News 8 to explain the letter, asking if it’s a scam.

No one had actually called the number on the letter, so News 8’s Brian Roche did. He spoke to a woman named Dusty who would only tell me she worked for a marketing firm in Arizona.

“Dusty, just let me clarify–these are two free airline tickets?” asked Brian Roche.

She told him the tickets were not free, they were complimentary, as long as he went to a presentation for a travel agency. Roche then asked Dusty, “So the bottom line is that this doesn’t cost me anything to go to this?”

Dusty made an appointment for Roche to attend the presentation at 52 Grumbacher Road in York.

So News 8 went to the address and found an empty parking lot and an unmarked building. But inside, there is evidence that it is where you go for the travel deals.

Before this recent wave of letters, local consumers were receiving travel check vouchers also with the name of the fictitious US Airlines.

News 8 learned that anyone responding to this would get the same sales pitch to attend a presentation at the address in York.

One viewer who did attend told News 8 that she and her husband were asked to join a travel club and pay more than $11,000. As they tried to leave, the price dropped below $1,500.

While it may be easy to call this a scam, News 8 is going to stop just short of that. What it really seems to be is a promotional campaign designed to get people to join a travel club. No one who has contacted News 8 has reported spending or losing any money after getting one of the letters or travel vouchers.

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08/08/2017

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How to Make Money with a Travel Blog or Website #budget

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How to Make Money with a Travel Blog or Website

We all want to make money online. That s why we create blogs and read sites like this. I make money in travel. After porn, people spend the most money on travel online. It s a huge niche with a lot of high-ticket items. There s good money and lots of readers to be found in the online travel business, and that is why so many people get into the travel niche. There are literally millions of travel blogs out there, and there are a lot of travel sites out there as well. So how do you set your travel web site apart from the others and start making money with it? You have two choices and each has pros and cons.

Create A Travel Blog

The first way is to start a travel blog, and become a travel personality like Rolf Potts or Rick Steves. A blog revolves around you, your stories, photography, and personality. People follow you because they believe in what you do, and because you inspire them to do more. If you can relate to your readers fears and travel dreams, you can grow your site pretty quickly and get a lot readers. You become a travel resource and an expert.

Yet this method requires a lot of work. You need to update your site constantly, use social media, and network with people in your field. You need to be outgoing, you need to have personality, and you need to be your own brand. You have to put yourself out there all the time and connect with your audience. There are a lot of good travel personalities out there, such as:

How do you get traffic?

Getting social media traffic is old news to us all. We all know the importance of Facebook and Twitter. We know we need to tweet and have a Facebook fan page to promote our content. But for travel, where can you go to make yourself known? What else can you do that is specific to travel? The best two places to meet travelers and network with PR firms are:

  • Travel Blog Exchange This is the premier travel networking site. Anyone with a blog as well as PR firms and companies have a profile and interact here. It s a great place to network and they run a yearly conference where you can meet other travelers.
  • Travel Bloggers Group in Facebook A Facebook group where people share links, help, and advice.

How do you make money this way?

  • Speaking Gig s As you become an expert in your field, you can earn money through speaking gigs. These gigs usually include free trips, which is better than paying for your own trips.
  • Ebooks A lot of travel blogs make ebooks as a way of making money. I have four, Almost Fearless has a couple, as does Indie Travel Podcast, and the Art of Non-Conformity. Ebooks are a good source of income as readers view you as a trusted source and are more likely to buy these when you publish them.
  • Affiliate Ads Selling products is a good way to make money as we all know and I don t think I need to get into this much.
  • Advertising Though there are not a lot of private ads outside of text links in travel, companies are becoming clued in to the power of travel bloggers and you find more willing to buy ad space on your site. Well-established blogs have no problem finding ads to help pay the bills.
  • Consulting After you have reached success, you can tell other people how you did it. I know quite a few bloggers that consult, not only in travel but in other niches too.

Create a Destination Website

The second way to make money in travel is to create a destination based website. Instead of working social media and being a personality, you pick a spot in the world and become THE expert on it. Some good examples are Travelfish. All About Cabo. and Best Tropical Islands. These sites are static pages that only need to be updated to keep the information current.

There are a lot of pros to creating a destination website, especially if you don t want to put your life out there. You can set your site and forget it, you don t have to be a personality, you can stay quiet, and overall it is less work to maintain. Once it is built, it s built. Plus people are more likely to buy products from destination websites because they are generally able to find exactly what they re looking for.

On the other hand, you have to be targeted on your focus and growth is limited once you get to the top of the search engines. After you rank #1 for all your keywords, you are done. You may not grow a lot in terms of traffic, but at least you don t have to continue to do work unless you want to add new content.

If you choose this option, you ll spend most of your time on SEO and building links. Destination sites don t lend themselves to a big community. After all, not many people want to read about London everyday. But you can become the leading resource on the net and that will still bring in an audience and gigs. A great example of this is Newyorkology .

How do you make money this way?

  • Affiliate ads Google traffic is the best traffic to monetize. People visiting your site will most likely buy something.
  • Adsense Adsense offers the same benefits as affiliate ads, except that you have to get your readers to click on links. My website, How to Travel the World, brings in a lot of adsense money, and it doesn t even rank high for many keywords.
  • Guides Many destination websites sell their own guidebooks, podcasts, and apps. This is a very lucrative field because people can t take their laptop with them. Creating portable guides are something you can sell to people. Travelfish s apps are a good example of that.
  • Private Advertising As a premier destination website, you can go to hotels, bars and restaurants for advertising. Once you prove you are number one, they will probably advertise with you. All About Cabo is a good example of a site that does well with private advertising.

Are there other ways?

Unless you suddenly want to start a magazine, guidebook company, or get serious venture capital, this is it. Every person I have encountered in the online travel business makes money using either option 1 or option 2. You can try to create something different, but without a lot of resources or time, you will probably fail. These two options offer the best rewards for the least amount of money and time.

Making money in travel is not difficult. A lot of people, including many travel bloggers, get dismayed because they don t strike it rich right away. They expect their blog to take off right away or their destination based site to rank #1 on Google in two months. You have to put in more work and effort, especially with companies with deep pockets, because there is so much competition in travel. The websites I ve listed show can make good money with a travel website. You just have to stick around long enough. Most people don t but if you do, you ll make bank.

This post was guest blogged by Matthew Kepnes of Normadic Matt s Travel Site .

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05/08/2017

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The emergency crews with Water Damage Portland are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and that means, the team will be by your side in no time. We offer full services right from initial evaluation to water extraction, reconstruction and restoration. We have a proven experience in this field. Our experts are certified and licensed and use the latest technology and equipment to carry out the complete restoration process. Our philosophy is to treat your property with complete professionalism and offer the best services right from the start to the finish

Water Damage Portland restoration experts realize the importance of acting at once and will waste no time in reaching the damaged site as soon as they get a call. You may need restoration services even for less apparent causes like moisture in your basement. Let our experts evaluate any potential water hazard risks in your home or any other property. Taking the right steps at the right time can minimize the risks of any expensive damage later on. Respond to water damage at once.

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05/08/2017

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Flying family dilemma: Lug the car seat or pay up at

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Flying family dilemma: Lug the car seat or pay up at rental counter?

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Traveling parents are in a bind: They don’t want to lug a heavy car seat from home through the airport or risk it getting damaged in the cargo hold, so they opt for renting — but car rental agencies charge between $8 and $13 per car seat, per day. After a few days of renting, you can spend as much as a brand new seat costs — although picking one up safely with kids in tow upon landing would be a challenge.

So, parents open their wallets.

Worse yet, there’s no guarantee that a rented car seat will be in safe condition. Or clean. Or come with an instruction manual on how to install it. Or even be there.

Rental car companies Avis and Hertz told NBC News they provide car seats to its customers as a convenience.

“The daily rental fee pays for a national inventory across all our locations of many more seats than are necessary to meet the demand,” said Hertz spokeswoman Paula Rivera. (The fee is waived for one seat at Hertz for AAA members.)

Laura Bryant, spokeswoman for Enterprise, which also owns Alamo and National, forwarded a copy of Enterprise’s FAQ on child safety seat rental, which says the car rental company “takes child safety and protection very seriously,” and that each seat comes attached with an installation manual for customers to use.

But some parents arrive at the car rental agency and find demand has exceeded the supply of safe, available seats.

Four car seats in a row appeared to be too dirty, flimsy or missing a safety clip when Nathaniel Kelso rented from Dollar Rent A Car after landing in Washington-Dulles in June. He ended up buying a new car seat for his four-month-old, getting a partial refund from Dollar, and selling the car seat at a loss when he got back home.

“We weren’t expecting a luxury seat, but we were expecting something made within the last few years, still serviceable, and clean,” said the 33-year-old design technologist from San Francisco. Dollar didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Stress for parents flying with kids is magnified when a critical travel safety component is missing. While child passenger safety laws vary by state. all states require car seats depending on a child’s age and weight.

Avis was out of car seats when Lori Philips landed in Orlando — despite her calling three times ahead to confirm availability. The car rental agency told her they would refund her purchase if she bought one nearby at Walmart, which would have required her driving there without her three-year-old son in a car seat.

After the 29-year-old social media manager sent a few angry tweets, Avis found a car seat. “But the damage had been done,” she said, “and I will never travel without my own car seat.” Avis didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Stories like these are why Dr. Alisa Baer, a pediatrician and nationally certified child car safety expert known as “The Car Seat Lady,” says it’s best to bring your own.

To avoid the lug factor, Baer recommends a few travel-friendly options. Wheeling devices, such as the GoGoBabyz Travelmate or Brica Roll N’ Go. can make navigating the airport easier. For forward-facing kids up to 65 lbs. the Safety 1st Go Hybrid is a 5-point harness seat that weighs 10 lbs and comes with a travel bag. While the Go can’t be used on the plane itself, it fits into an overhead bin. And for kids in boosters, Baer recommends either the Bubble Bum booster. which weighs a pound and can fit in a child’s bag, or the Safety 1st Boostapak. a child-size backpack with a built-in booster seat.

While bringing your own seat might seem like just another burden to juggle for parents already laden with multiple bags of children’s supplies, and using it on the plane will require purchasing an extra ticket for children under two, safety must be a non-negotiable, said Baer.

“It’s one thing to leave your diet at home while on vacation,” she said. “It’s another to leave your child’s car seat at home.”





04/08/2017

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Europe – By Plane or By Train? #best #price #on #rental

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Europe — By Plane or By Train?

Europe ‘s extensive network of railroads was once the only affordable option for folks traveling around the continent, but lately the rails have lost their supremacy. Discount airlines like Ryanair and easyJet have made jetting around the continent quicker and cheaper; in fact, Ryanair often offers sales with fares as low as 8 GBP (about $13.36 USD).

With fares this cheap, does it make sense even to consider traveling by train anymore? The answer: It depends. For one thing, the discount airlines aren’t actually quite as cheap as they appear. Even if you do net an incredibly affordable flight, government taxes and fees bump the price up to at least $25 or $30.

Then come the airlines’ own fees. On Ryanair, there are so many that the airline has put together a handy table so you can see at a glance what you’ll be charged for checked bags (with higher rates during the summertime and December holiday “peak” periods), online check-in, priority boarding, even purchasing a flight (you’ll pay an “administration fee” of 6 GBP unless you make your booking with a MasterCard prepaid debit card).

EasyJet charges similar fees for checked baggage and for booking with certain types of credit or debit cards.

One more factor to take into account? Discount airlines tend to fly into secondary airports that are an hour or more outside of the city you’re trying to visit. Trains, on the other hand, typically arrive in or near the center of town, and usually link up easily with the city’s mass transportation system.

We tested fares on easyJet, Ryanair and Rail Europe to see who had the lowest price, the most convenient connections and the quickest journey. See below to see how each travel provider stacked up on three common European itineraries.

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London – Paris – Rome – London

This popular itinerary was our first test subject since London is the cheapest gateway to Europe for most Americans. It’s important to note that London has four different airports, and that most Americans will fly into Heathrow or, less commonly, Gatwick. The discount airlines, meanwhile, fly from Stansted, Luton or Gatwick, not Heathrow — so be sure to allow plenty of time to transfer between airports if your itinerary so requires.

The Winner: EasyJet edged out Ryanair for first place based on convenience and total travel time. EasyJet offers direct flights for each leg of our itinerary, so booking was a breeze, and the travel time was a little less than six total hours in the air. The price with taxes: $317.94 (if purchased with a Visa Electron card — which is not available to Americans), $332.64 if purchased with a Visa debit card or $341.53 (if booked with another type of credit card). These prices include one checked bag on each flight, prebooked on the easyJet Web site. (Check your bag at the airport and the fee doubles.) EasyJet’s site was easier than Ryanair’s to use, allowing us to search “all London airports” when booking.

Note: For our three flights, we had to fly in and out of six different airports — Charles de Gaulle and Orly (Paris ), Luton and Gatwick (London), and Fiumicino and Ciampino (Rome ).

The Runner-Up: Ryanair offered somewhat similar pricing to easyJet — $309.59 with a single checked bag up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) or $376.35 with a single checked bag up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds) — but, surprisingly, offered no direct flights from London to Paris. Because the search function on Ryanair.com won’t make connections for you, we were forced to try out a variety of connecting cities one by one. We found the best deal on flights from London Stansted to Glasgow Prestwick and then on to Paris Beauvais, but the extra flight and layover boosted our total travel time significantly. A few other caveats: Beauvais is probably the least convenient airport for Paris-bound travelers, requiring a shuttle bus ride of over an hour to get into the center of the city. And while Ryanair.com was easy to use, there was no option to search all London airports; instead, we had to test each of the three individually.

The Loser: The train was the clear third choice for this itinerary since the cities involved are so far apart. The total estimated time of all three legs was a vacation-eating 28 hours — and the price couldn’t compensate for the transit time, adding up to $412 per person.

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Rome – Florence – Venice – Rome

This itinerary is a common one for first-time visitors interested in seeing Italy’s highlights. We assumed here that our test traveler flew from the United States into Rome, usually the cheapest Italian gateway city for Americans. Because of the relative proximity of the three cities involved, this turned out to be a much more train-friendly itinerary than our first test case.

The Winner: Eurail won this round by a landslide, offering the shortest trip and most convenient itinerary. The lowest available price was $137 for this itinerary, with a travel time of 12 hours. Cut the travel time down to seven hours (by taking high-speed express trains) and the price goes up to $313. Eurail was the only option of the three that served all three of the cities we wanted to visit (Ryanair and easyJet fly into Pisa, not Florence). One final perk of taking the train? In most cases you’ll arrive at a train station near the center of each city, with quick, easy connections by subway to hotels and sightseeing.

The Runner-Up: Neither airline really shone in this comparison, with no direct flights between any of the cities on our itinerary. However, Ryanair gets our vote for runner-up because we did eventually manage to piece our itinerary together with 17 hours of flights and layovers. (That doesn’t even take into account how early you need to arrive at the airport before your flights to get through security!) The initial fare quote was $298.82 for six flights — 65 bucks more than the fast trains — and that’s not including the checked bag fees. Checking a single bag for all of those flights will set you back an additional $222.36 to $266.52 (depending on weight and whether you travel during peak or off-peak seasons), for a total price up to $565.34.

The Loser: EasyJet loses out because we couldn’t find a way to get between Pisa and Venice on our selected travel date; we tried layovers in several different cities, but the flight times were simply incompatible. Our only choice would have been to stay overnight in the connecting city — or to have skipped Florence altogether and just flown on the convenient, nonstop flight from Rome to Venice.

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GMAT vs GRE: What – s the Difference? #mba #programs #without


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GMAT vs GRE Scores for MBA Programs

Admissions trends are showing that business schools are looking for applicants with more than just a business background, and that means that the GMAT is not the only test in the game anymore. Since the GMAT and the GRE are completely different tests, comparing scores on the two is like comparing apples to oranges. ETS (the folks who administer the GRE) and GMAC (the folks who administer the GMAT) both use comparison tools to put student s scores into perspective, but many MBA programs use the ETS comparison tool as a benchmark. To get the most out of your score and your application, you should research your chosen schools to see what score ranges they require for admission. Use our business school search to research the MBA programs on your list.

Is one test easier?

In general, the GMAT suits those who have strong quantitative and analytical skills, who also excel at interpreting data presented in charts, tables, and text to solve complex problems. The GRE math section tends to be more straightforward and, unlike the GMAT, includes a calculator for all quantitative problems. Strong editors may gravitate to the GMAT s verbal section while test-takers with strong vocabularies may prefer the GRE. Both tests have their oddball question types Quantitative Comparison on the GRE and Data Sufficiency on the GMAT that will take some prep to get used to.

How do I choose?

The best way to determine whether the GMAT or GRE is better suited to your abilities is to get your feet wet with a practice test for each exam. Getting into business school is competitive and you don’t want to take an actual GRE or GMAT sight unseen. We offer full-length computer-adaptive diagnostic tests for both the GRE and the GMAT.

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03/08/2017

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Cheapest Day to Book Flights: Does Sunday or Tuesday Have Lowest

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Wait a second, now Sunday is the cheapest day to book airline tickets? Forgive us for being skeptical of this (and every previous) study naming one or another day of the week as the best for buying flights.

This week, the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) released a study analyzing roughly 130 million airline tickets booked in the U.S. from January 2013 to July 2014, with the hope of shedding some light on when prices are highest and lowest. Over the years, plenty of these kinds of studies have made the rounds, but the current report differs from the pack in a couple of key ways. It shows:

1) Flight prices are cheaper when booked further in advance. In the past, ARC data has indicated that the lowest domestic flight prices were for tickets purchased 42 days before departure, while other studies have advised travelers to book 49 days in advance for the cheapest fares. The new ARC study shows that, on average, booking 57 days out yields the best prices. What s more, researchers found that average ticket prices were fairly flat during the window of time 50 to 100 days before departure. In other words, the best bet is to book 50 to 100 days beforehand: Tickets purchased during that period were $85 cheaper than the overall average for all domestic flight prices ($495.55).

2) Weekends are cheaper booking days than weekdays. This is the truly surprising takeaway from the study. According to ARC data, the average price of a domestic flight purchased on a Sunday was $432, and it was slightly higher on Saturday, at $437. For a long time, the consensus advice was that the lowest prices were to be found on flights booked on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (when airlines tend to roll out new flight sales), yet the new study shows the average paid on Tuesday was $497.

The smartest travelers seem to be those who booked flights on a Sunday 50 to 100 days before departure: They paid $110 less for their tickets compared to the average.

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Why is it that Saturday and Sunday seemingly have replaced Tuesday and Wednesday as the cheapest days for booking? The current mentality of the airline industry which is less competitive and more profitable than it s been in years offers some explanation. As Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal noted regarding the shift to weekends: Airline executives come into work Monday looking to raise fares, not discount them with sales to fill seats.

Earlier this week, for instance, the country s largest domestic carriers hiked airfares. a move that would seem to be not only unnecessary but downright greedy considering that fuel prices are plummeting. Given strong demand for air travel and American travelers apparent willingness to pay increasingly high prices for flights, airline executives are no longer worried about filling planes with passengers. They ve moved on to worrying about surpassing their (already record high) profits, and they re raising fares at every opportunity, for the same reason they ve relentlessly been adding fees. Because they can.

In any event, the fact that airfares are rising would seem to give travelers even more reason to take notice of studies by the likes of ARC and adopt new booking routines, right? Well, maybe, maybe not. The problem with all of these studies is that they re generalized and are based on averages from the past. The takeaways they offer may, in fact, not help you save on money your specific flight needs in the future.

Take holiday travel, for instance, when passengers are truly most in need of money-saving advice because prices tend to be so high. In the quest for cheap Thanksgiving airfare. the guidelines mentioned above don t really apply. Several booking sites point to data indicating that the lowest prices for flights over Thanksgiving weekend are likely to be found two to four weeks before departure that is, unless you absolutely need to fly on the peak-peak days of the Wednesday before or the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Flights on those days should be purchased far in advance, ideally several months beforehand. In other words, booking a Thanksgiving weekend flight 50 to 100 days ahead of time is probably a bad strategy, no matter what day of the week you re searching for flights.

What s more, all when to buy advice is based on past performance, as a recent Quartz post on Thanksgiving travel advice painstakingly made clear.

The Trouble With Simple Advice

The WSJ s McCartney pointed out that airlines are more inclined lately to discount flights booked on weekends because that s when leisure travelers are likely to be casually noodling around online and may be enticed to make an impulsive flight purchase if the price is right. The vast majority of business travel, meanwhile, is booked on weekdays, and business travelers are less sensitive to pricing because the flights are deemed more essential. At the same time, however, airlines still do regularly introduce fresh flight sales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to boost seat purchases on routes that aren t filling up.

What all of these strategies have in common is that the airlines are reacting to traveler behavior and are lowering or raising prices to maximize revenues. If and when travelers change their behavior again say, if a critical mass of business travelers suddenly starts booking flights on Sunday rather than Monday the airlines will tweak their pricing tactics accordingly. All of which is a roundabout way of pointing out that there are far too many complications for simple advice like book on Sunday or book on Tuesday to be valid across the board. (We re only talking domestic flights, mind you; booking advice for international flight is more complicated still.)

Probably the only solid time-tested guideline for finding inexpensive flights is this: Booking too early is generally bad, but booking too late is likely worse. The average domestic flight purchased 225 to 300 days before departure cost $500 to $550, per the ARC study, while the average for a ticket on the day of departure was around $650.

How do you find the sweet spot in the middle, when prices are lowest? It s complicated, dependent on a range of factors including the destination, season, and day of the week you re traveling; whether there s a convention or major event where you re going; and even larger forces like the state of the economy and yep, gas prices. Kayak and Hopper are among the flight search tools that use historical pricing data to try to predict whether fares on a given route will rise or fall, but again, past performance is no guarantee of future results especially not in recent years, when airline executives have regularly rejiggered their pricing tactics, generally sending fares up. up, and up.

Despite the dizzying amount of tech at traveler s fingertips, the question of when to book remains largely unanswerable. Yes, it s wise to hunt during that window 50 to 100 days in advance, and sure, try to remember to poke around for flights especially over the weekends. But be on the lookout on Tuesdays and Wednesday too, because that s when sales pop up. Consult historical pricing data and airfare price predicting tools, just don t expect to pay the same bargain-basement fare you got a decade or even one year ago. Pay attention to airfare sale-tracking services like airfarewatchdog. but bear in mind the best deals are often for fluky routes and days and may not work for your travel needs. Perhaps wisest of all, use an airfare tracking service like that of Yapta. which will alert you if and when a flight on your route and dates has reached your desired price threshold. Just try to be realistic with the kind of fare you can expect nowadays.





02/08/2017

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02/08/2017

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Affiliate marketing in travel is dead or should be #flights #cheap

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Affiliate marketing in travel is dead [or should be]

Jul 4.2012

NB:  This is a guest article by Martin MacDonald, SEO director at Expedia Affiliate Network. covering SEO and social media.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at the A4U Europe Conference in Barcelona.

One of the panels was looking at the future of affiliate marketing, and the last question that we were posed was as follows:

What is the number one hint you could give an affiliate?

The answer given elicited a round of applause from the audience – which was made even stranger as my rebuttal was:

Stop being an affiliate, take control of the conversion funnel, and build something with substance and value.

Now that may have seemed a crazy thing to say, especially at an affiliate focused conference, but allow me to qualify my reasoning.

Affiliates lack control

Building a credible business which attracts converting traffic is neither an easy, nor a cheap matter for most businesses. Content production and marketing costs alone can run into the tens of thousands of dollars for even a reasonably basic site.

If your investment hinges on the conversion abilities of another merchant, you are exposing yourself massively to that other brand.

Apart from the lack of influence in the conversion funnel, as an affiliate you are also losing (most of the time) the ability to market and remarket directly to your qualified leads – the people that have purchased a product previously after being through your site; aka your customers.

The last thing on a the topic of control is the ability to run specific campaigns that work for your customers – merchant websites generally have to cover as wide a set of demographics as possible, but you might operate within a very distinctive niche which may have specific needs.

Affiliate websites are hated by Google

This is a tough one, affiliate websites have for the past few years been one of Google’s main projects to make life difficult in the results.

This may seem unfair, but if we switch things around and look at this from the search engine’s perspective, I think its perfectly reasonable.

Let’s say you were looking for a hotel in Southern Spain for a family holiday, and you google something relevant, maybe family hotels costa del sol , and the first ten results are all pretty much carbon copies of each other, that’s hardly a good experience for the consumer.

That’s why google have really cracked down in the last two years on affiliate sites built using database information as opposed to unique content.

To break it down simply, its pretty easy to spot which sites have been created by some clever manipulation of data files (be it a list of hotels from Expedia, right through to a list of discount codes from an affiliate network), as opposed to a site which has been hand written with unique and interesting information.

So what’s the solution?

The perfect solution is to stop sending your valuable traffic to a merchant site to convert – vertical integration of the supply path.

That’s simply not a practical proposition though for most affiliates in most industries. I spent many years working in the online gambling industry, where developing your own product can costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, and even white label solutions start in excess of $20,000 in set-up costs.

Luckily travel doesn’t operate like that – there are plenty of fully white label solutions out there which are free to use and get setup on, from almost every main supplier of travel products.

With these products you can offer a seamless experience to your visitors by allowing them to find your site, research the product on your site, and convert on your site.

Crucially of course, you then keep the data, and they purchased the product from you, NOT from the merchant, therefore you are more likely to receive the added benefit of repeat orders.

Another consideration here is one of branding – when you are looking to build a business with longevity online, the branding is one of the primary assets.

After all, with an online (affiliate model) business physical location and stock etc. rarely come into play.

An example from another vertical is moneysavingexpert.com – on the face of it, it is just a financial affiliate site – but as a brand it has become synonymous in the UK with financial products, which is why it managed to sell at a value in excess of $130 million.

That valuation is based on the brand of the website, NOT the revenue.

More examples (again from the finance industry) of the importance of the brand, is the extraordinary lengths major affiliates are going to these days even where it seems impossible to build something that is fun, on topic and resonates with consumers.

UK financial services site CompareTheMarket realized this in the creation of its Meerkat campaigns ; GoCompare  likewise with the tenor campaign – and the list goes on.

That’s the secret sauce that every merchant operates their affiliate program in the knowledge of.

While the affiliates might refer good leads at an expensive cost (vertical dependant), merchants are fully aware that they get to keep the repeat business, and even if no sale is made they get qualified traffic for free – additionally helping the branding.

Attracting the customers in the first place though is one of the toughest parts of the value chain. Don’t sacrifice any more of your marketing efforts – bring your sales funnel in house using white label solutions, and build additional value into your business!

NB:  This is a guest article by Martin MacDonald, SEO director at Expedia Affiliate Network. covering SEO and social media.





31/07/2017

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Incentive Travel: Group or Individual Travel Programs #travel #companies

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Incentive Travel

We know travel.

We began as a travel company 50 years ago and evolved into a full-service incentive marketing company with an experienced and highly knowledgeable travel staff. We create once-in-a-lifetime custom experiences for our participants—taking them to destinations they never imagined. It’s rare that a client chooses a destination we haven’t been to or operated programs in.

Our team provides all of the services necessary to create a memorable event—including meticulous program design and planning and budgeting, promotions and communications, on-site operations and management and measurement.

We take care of all of the important details, including registration, airfare and transportation, onsite services, onsite billing and reconciliation, post-trip evaluations and emergency services.

In some situations, Group Travel programs aren’t a feasible option. Our individual travel programs offer your participants an alternative that fits within their schedules and preferences—with the same attention to detail and operational excellence.

Because of our extensive network of partners and suppliers, we’re able to manage your travel program efficiently and effectively. Our travel staff has keen expertise in negotiating costs to ensure maximum impact with minimum overhead spend.

Get in Touch with an Incentive Travel Expert Now!





23/07/2017

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Portland Industrial – Travel Clinic – Doctors – Alphabet District –

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Recommended Reviews for Portland Industrial Travel Clinic

I had such a great experience here. Although the building is a little strange (and lit like a bad 70s porno), and some of their opperations are a bit confusing (like their hours!) If you call ahead you can usually get in within an hour after youve called.  Dr. Torres OBVIOUSLY cares about you, your trip and your health. He has travelled the world, and as an old man, now lives through his patients.

Read this article from the local paper (Willamate Weekly). He is featured as the best place to get shot  wweek.com/portland/artic…

Pros: Cheap!

Cons: Walk-in only, limited hours

I needed a TB test done for school, and this place has by far the most reasonable rates in town – most clinics insist on charging you an office fee when you come in for a TB test (hello, zoomcare), which seems ridiculous to me. Even the Multnomah County Health Clinic charges $45 (unless you re high-risk, in which case you can get it done for free at the county TB clinic). Dr. Torres charges $15 flat.





21/07/2017

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Travel Agents Fight Back, Insisting They – re Not Useless Or

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In the Internet age, the travel agent has become a punch line, cruelly bashed as unnecessary, useless, a dying breed. But no one (including, ahem, journalists) wants to be called obsolete, and travel agents have been fighting back and countering the insults with data and anecdotes demonstrating how valuable their services truly are.

Travel agents are often portrayed as dinosaurs from another era—mousy old ladies whose services can be replaced by a website and some Internet forums. Perhaps just a smarphone app will do the trick. But the angry backlash brought on by some recent episodes of travel agent bashing may cause critics to think twice before messing with this group presumed on its deathbed.

Over the summer, a Woman s Day post entitled Should I Use a Travel Agent? drew the attention of some 1,500+ commenters—many of them living, breathing, working travel agents weighing in on how APPALLED they were with the outlandish and misleading story. Originally named 10 Things a Travel Agent Won t Tell You, the piece portrays travel agents largely as opportunistic, unnecessary, and not particularly knowledgeable—a group that s motivated mainly by sneaky commissions charges on products of dubious utility (like travel insurance) rather than the service of finding clients the best vacation options at the best prices possible.

More recently, a CareerCast.com story placed travel agents among the ranks of useless jobs that have been rendered pointless thanks to technology. Planning a trip today is a do-it-yourself endeavor: you can book accommodations, transportation, discover restaurants and entertainment, and navigate your route all online, the post states. Thus, the traditional travel agent is no longer necessary.

In both cases, the bashers found themselves on the receiving end of counterattacks by individual agents, travel industry insiders, and ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents. Paul M. Ruden, ASTA senior vice president, declared the CareerCast story as insulting as it is inaccurate, and wrote that the vast majority of agents who have embraced technology are thriving:

Basic research would have shown that as of year-end 2012, there were about 8,000 U.S. travel agency firms in business employing 105,000 people. In 143 million transactions, those agencies sold $86 billion worth of air travel (64 percent of the market). While online agents account for a lot of that business, so-called traditional agents actually sell about half of it, in addition to the vast majority of the $15 billion worth of cruises (64 percent) and $9 billion in tour packages (66 percent). Those are big numbers. Travel agents help to move people around the country and around the world, and in the process keep our economy moving. Useless? Not hardly.

The Woman s Day article once again demonstrates the often shocking lack of knowledge by consumer magazines and the writers they hire about the travel agency trade, a Travel Pulse editorial stated. You could write a book about what s wrong with the Woman s Day article on travel agents, Travel Weekly . another industry publication, wrote.

Christine Duffy, president of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), felt compelled to respond to the idea that a travel agent can easily be replaced by a website:

The internet won’t call a customer back and won’t wait on hold with an airline or hotel so you don’t have to, or adjust plans due to unexpected developments or act as your “mission control” for all facets of your cruise vacation – before, during and after.

Woman s Day has defended its story on the grounds that the purpose was to inform consumers on how they can get the best prices on travel, but the editors basically admitted some mistakes were made, and some changes to the piece were in order. Thank you to all the hard-working travel agents who provided feedback on this story, reads a note at the bottom of the piece. We’ve thoroughly reviewed this article and have removed point 9 (about airline commission) based on information you provided. We thank you again for sharing your expertise and doing the great work that you do. Accordingly, the original headline ( 10 Things … ) had to go.

Woman s Day and CareerCast are hardly alone in their roles as being both the critics and punching bags of travel agents. In 2011, none other than President Barack Obama strongly implied travel agents were obsolete in a town hall meeting in Illinois. When was the last time somebody went to a bank teller instead of using the ATM, or used a travel agent instead of just going online? Obama said. A lot of jobs that used to be out there requiring people now have become automated.

It ll come as no surprise that ASTA had something to say in response. “Travel agents work as personal advisors to provide their clients with the best travel experience before during and after their trip, ASTA CEO Tony Gonchar wrote in a letter to the White House. Thanks to their in-depth knowledge, experience and industry connections, travel agents are able not only to save their clients money, but their most valuable possession—their time.





13/07/2017

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Travel Nursing Jobs, OR Nurse Jobs #velocity #travel

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Travel Nursing Jobs

Advanced Surgical is a travel nursing company specializing in the placement of registered nurses in Surgical Units, Operating Rooms, and Cardiac Care. At Advanced Surgical, you can expect a comprehensive assortment of settings at facilities in all regions of the country.

At Advanced Surgical, we partner with our travel nurses to find the ideal position for your professional growth. Our customized travel nursing assignments allow you to pick the setting, location, and shift to enable you to reach your full financial and professional potential. In addition to our personalized service, we offer a tremendous benefit package.

  • Customized Pay Packages
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Advanced Surgical promises you the career guidance and clinical support you deserve. We strive to form long term partnerships based on quality and integrity. Make Advanced Surgical your travel nurse agency of choice, call (866) 566-8618.





13/07/2017

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Travel and Tourism Tips or Guides #book #travel

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Now Make Your Tours To China Reasonable And Within Your Budget

In this competitive world, one can manage to avail good bargains these days in airlines and packages provided by tours and travel companies. This not only makes a holiday affordable for all kind of people but.

6 Features that have Made Port Macquarie Accommodation so Popular

Holiday destinations are always chosen based on three essential things – scenic beauty of the place, expenditure and convenience in finding good accommodation. If these three things are available at a location then it can surely.

Visiting France for the Beaujolais Nouveau Festival

Every year at precisely midnight on the 3rd Thursday of November – France literally erupts with sheer joy and explodes into spontaneous revelry at the uncorking of the season’s legendary wine. In 2012, the 20th Beaujolais.

8 Interesting Facts about Camping Equipment and Survival Kits

Living in camps is an exciting proposition. People residing in crowded cities find the experience to be unique. The trips are normally organized in faraway destinations amidst natural settings. Surviving in odd conditions is exciting as.





06/07/2017

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Tin Inn Travel Trailers – RV Dealers – Klamath Falls, OR

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I recently purchased a sweet little refurbished 1957 Aloha from Tin Inn trailers. I found Wendy the owner of the co really helpful and easy… Read More

I did NOT get what I paid for.  Here is the story.

I purchased a 1956 Shasta 1500 from Tin Inn about a year ago, and was told that was… Read More

I did NOT get what I paid for.  Here is the story.

I purchased a 1956 Shasta 1500 from Tin Inn about a year ago, and was told that was advertised as being in amazing condition. IT had the original stove, gas lamp, ice box cabinets in decent condition, etc.  I paid $4000 for it.  In the world of vintage trailers this amount generally is reserved for trailers that have have been restored with rot removed, drip rails and windows removed and reset with new butyl tape.  They still generally have work to be done on them (upholstery, perhaps a broken window to be fixed, exterior paint, etc. ). I was told this trailer had all systems working, no leaks and that all old water damaged panels would be replaced and a new floor and window coverings would be put in before pick up. I was not able to do the pickup.  When my good friend arrived to do the pick up he inspected it and believed it looked as promised.  I arrived home in Oakland California safely and seemingly as promised.  However the first rainstorm revealed leaks in the newly installed roof vent, and in all four corners of the trailer.  Further inspection revealed that new panels had been placed over older rotten panels over rotted framing that was falling apart.  Extensive damage had been concealed.  When I contacted the business I was assured that it hadn t had any leaks and that the seals must have broken in transit.  She offered to have the workman come down and fix it..since he d be traveling to the bay area soon–no thanks. apologized for his inexperience.  I declined this offer, why would I want the person who messed it up to fix it.  Instead she gave me a $300 credit saying that is probably what the repairs would cost.   I wasn t satisfied, but figured this was going nowhere.

I took it upon myself to restore this trailer.  This involved replacing the skin front and back, building new floor front and back, and replacing rotted framing on sides, front and back, new insulation, new birch paneling. pulling, polishing and resetting all the windows and drip rail.  These repairs cost me more than $1,000 to complete using mostly my own labor, to bring it back to the condition is was supposed to have been in when I purchased it.  I added more upgrades and spend countless hours and another $1500 getting her to the point she is now.  This is documented in my blog aguadream.blogspot.com

Never buy a trailer that is promoted as ready to camp no leaks no rot from a distance unless you get full documentation of all work done.  And even then try to get someone who knows what to look for do a full and complete inspection.  If the person you are buying from is a dealer insist on references from at least several buyers who have had their trailers for several months.  A dealer who is proud of their work will be happy to provide oodles of restoration pictures and references.  The going rate for project trailers is 1000 to 1500 in the condition mine was actually in, don t pay more unless you have proof of the work done — which should include at least pictures showing the torn down condition of the trailer and step by step rebuild.  Insist that drip rails and windows be seated in new butyl tape and that NO silicone is used to caulk.   Insist on a complete list of repairs.  If the seller can t produce walk away and keep looking.

There are lots of reputable vintage trailer restorers out there.  Do your homework on facebook groups and other internet resources, go to vintage rallies and talk to owners.  Get a pro to go look at potential trailers with you.  Vintage trailer buffs in your area will likely be happy to oblige.





05/07/2017

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Cheapest Day to Book Flights: Does Sunday or Tuesday Have Lowest

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Wait a second, now Sunday is the cheapest day to book airline tickets? Forgive us for being skeptical of this (and every previous) study naming one or another day of the week as the best for buying flights.

This week, the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) released a study analyzing roughly 130 million airline tickets booked in the U.S. from January 2013 to July 2014, with the hope of shedding some light on when prices are highest and lowest. Over the years, plenty of these kinds of studies have made the rounds, but the current report differs from the pack in a couple of key ways. It shows:

1) Flight prices are cheaper when booked further in advance. In the past, ARC data has indicated that the lowest domestic flight prices were for tickets purchased 42 days before departure, while other studies have advised travelers to book 49 days in advance for the cheapest fares. The new ARC study shows that, on average, booking 57 days out yields the best prices. What s more, researchers found that average ticket prices were fairly flat during the window of time 50 to 100 days before departure. In other words, the best bet is to book 50 to 100 days beforehand: Tickets purchased during that period were $85 cheaper than the overall average for all domestic flight prices ($495.55).

2) Weekends are cheaper booking days than weekdays. This is the truly surprising takeaway from the study. According to ARC data, the average price of a domestic flight purchased on a Sunday was $432, and it was slightly higher on Saturday, at $437. For a long time, the consensus advice was that the lowest prices were to be found on flights booked on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (when airlines tend to roll out new flight sales), yet the new study shows the average paid on Tuesday was $497.

The smartest travelers seem to be those who booked flights on a Sunday 50 to 100 days before departure: They paid $110 less for their tickets compared to the average.

High Fares, Record Profits

Why is it that Saturday and Sunday seemingly have replaced Tuesday and Wednesday as the cheapest days for booking? The current mentality of the airline industry which is less competitive and more profitable than it s been in years offers some explanation. As Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal noted regarding the shift to weekends: Airline executives come into work Monday looking to raise fares, not discount them with sales to fill seats.

Earlier this week, for instance, the country s largest domestic carriers hiked airfares. a move that would seem to be not only unnecessary but downright greedy considering that fuel prices are plummeting. Given strong demand for air travel and American travelers apparent willingness to pay increasingly high prices for flights, airline executives are no longer worried about filling planes with passengers. They ve moved on to worrying about surpassing their (already record high) profits, and they re raising fares at every opportunity, for the same reason they ve relentlessly been adding fees. Because they can.

In any event, the fact that airfares are rising would seem to give travelers even more reason to take notice of studies by the likes of ARC and adopt new booking routines, right? Well, maybe, maybe not. The problem with all of these studies is that they re generalized and are based on averages from the past. The takeaways they offer may, in fact, not help you save on money your specific flight needs in the future.

Take holiday travel, for instance, when passengers are truly most in need of money-saving advice because prices tend to be so high. In the quest for cheap Thanksgiving airfare. the guidelines mentioned above don t really apply. Several booking sites point to data indicating that the lowest prices for flights over Thanksgiving weekend are likely to be found two to four weeks before departure that is, unless you absolutely need to fly on the peak-peak days of the Wednesday before or the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Flights on those days should be purchased far in advance, ideally several months beforehand. In other words, booking a Thanksgiving weekend flight 50 to 100 days ahead of time is probably a bad strategy, no matter what day of the week you re searching for flights.

What s more, all when to buy advice is based on past performance, as a recent Quartz post on Thanksgiving travel advice painstakingly made clear.

The Trouble With Simple Advice

The WSJ s McCartney pointed out that airlines are more inclined lately to discount flights booked on weekends because that s when leisure travelers are likely to be casually noodling around online and may be enticed to make an impulsive flight purchase if the price is right. The vast majority of business travel, meanwhile, is booked on weekdays, and business travelers are less sensitive to pricing because the flights are deemed more essential. At the same time, however, airlines still do regularly introduce fresh flight sales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to boost seat purchases on routes that aren t filling up.

What all of these strategies have in common is that the airlines are reacting to traveler behavior and are lowering or raising prices to maximize revenues. If and when travelers change their behavior again say, if a critical mass of business travelers suddenly starts booking flights on Sunday rather than Monday the airlines will tweak their pricing tactics accordingly. All of which is a roundabout way of pointing out that there are far too many complications for simple advice like book on Sunday or book on Tuesday to be valid across the board. (We re only talking domestic flights, mind you; booking advice for international flight is more complicated still.)

Probably the only solid time-tested guideline for finding inexpensive flights is this: Booking too early is generally bad, but booking too late is likely worse. The average domestic flight purchased 225 to 300 days before departure cost $500 to $550, per the ARC study, while the average for a ticket on the day of departure was around $650.

How do you find the sweet spot in the middle, when prices are lowest? It s complicated, dependent on a range of factors including the destination, season, and day of the week you re traveling; whether there s a convention or major event where you re going; and even larger forces like the state of the economy and yep, gas prices. Kayak and Hopper are among the flight search tools that use historical pricing data to try to predict whether fares on a given route will rise or fall, but again, past performance is no guarantee of future results especially not in recent years, when airline executives have regularly rejiggered their pricing tactics, generally sending fares up. up, and up.

Despite the dizzying amount of tech at traveler s fingertips, the question of when to book remains largely unanswerable. Yes, it s wise to hunt during that window 50 to 100 days in advance, and sure, try to remember to poke around for flights especially over the weekends. But be on the lookout on Tuesdays and Wednesday too, because that s when sales pop up. Consult historical pricing data and airfare price predicting tools, just don t expect to pay the same bargain-basement fare you got a decade or even one year ago. Pay attention to airfare sale-tracking services like airfarewatchdog. but bear in mind the best deals are often for fluky routes and days and may not work for your travel needs. Perhaps wisest of all, use an airfare tracking service like that of Yapta. which will alert you if and when a flight on your route and dates has reached your desired price threshold. Just try to be realistic with the kind of fare you can expect nowadays.





11/06/2017

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Sell, Buy, or Rent Timeshare with Travel – Leisure Group #cheap

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Timeshare

If you have found timeshare points, week or weeks you want privately transfer. Travel Leisure Group offer both private individuals and businesses a full legal transfer service at very reasonable prices. The question many private buyers and sellers ask is “why do I need a conveyancing service?” Find out more

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Mid Surrey Sales

A company calling themselves Mid Surrey Sales have been calling Travel Leisure clients saying they have a buyer for their Timeshares and Points. The callers are named as Peter Melrose and Nick Lowe.

They claimed to have sold for large sums and are charging in excess of £1600 to process the sale. So far two people have parted with money

Our up to date list of television appearances and media advertisements can be found here .

We Have Moved

Travel and Leisure Group are delighted to announce that we have expanded to a larger premises and will be trading from the new offices as of Monday 16th November 2015. Still local to the town of Sudbury, Suffolk, Travel and Leisure Group’s new location is in the centre of town allowing for ease of access and a larger local presence.

We hope our new location in East Street, Sudbury, Suffolk will serve us well for many years to come allowing us to continue providing the high standard of service in the Timeshare Resale industry that we have become so well known for. For our existing customers we ask that you please bear with us while going through this transition.

Our contact details remain the same so any clients wishing to contact us can still do so using our online Contact Us form and telephone numbers. Alternatively customers can visit us at our new premises. Please find directions on our Contact Us page.

We are very excited about the move and look forward to welcoming both new and existing clients to our new offices.





30/05/2017

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Portland, OR Travel Guide #cheap #bus #travel

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When to Visit Portland, OR

Getting Around Portland, OR

Portland, OR Neighborhoods

Portland lies just south of the Washington state border at the meeting of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The city’s organized layout and accessible public transportation make it one of the most user-friendly cities in the United States. Portland’s tourist website has a helpful series of neighborhood maps that list cultural sites and routes to and from public transportation.

Portland consists of five geographical sections: North (N), Northeast (NE), Southeast (SE), Southwest (SW) and Northwest (NW). Streets are named according to their section (i.e. NW 23 Ave). In the Northwest you’ll find Forest Park. one of the largest forested parks in the country, and an excellent park for hiking or jogging. The nearby Tryon Creek State Park. just five miles south of the city, also provides relaxing outdoor activities.

Portland’s downtown lies in the center of the city’s grid, primarily in the SW section just west of the Willamette River. Most of the city’s commercial and high-rise properties stand in the downtown area. Downtown sites of interest include Pioneer Courthouse Square. a 40,000-square-foot public square known as “Portland’s living room.” The square is home to several public art exhibits throughout the year and dozens of free spring and summer concerts. The Tom McCall Waterfront Park. on the banks of the Willamette, hosts numerous events, including the annual Oregon Brewers’ Festival, the Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon culinary festival. The downtown area is also home to the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society. Just north of Portland’s downtown area is the University of Portland, which also sits along the river.

Chinatown, Old Town and the Pearl District

Portland’s Chinatown is in the NW district, as is the Old Town Historic District. which has transformed from an area of seedy back alleys to a prime nightlife locale. This area is home to the city’s vibrant gay and lesbian scene. West of Chinatown in NW is the trendy, upscale Pearl District, where you’ll find many of the city’s art galleries. On the first Thursday of every month, according to Portland’s tourist website. all of the Pearl District’s galleries stay open late “amidst a street party atmosphere.” The Pearl District is also home to Powell’s City of Books. a Portland landmark.

Nob Hill

Immediately west of the Pearl District is the similarly trendy Nob Hill neighborhood, a dense area of old-style Victorian homes and new condominiums. NW 21st and NW 23rd streets brim with expensive boutiques, shops and restaurants and have been dubbed “trendyfirst” and “trendy-third” or just “uptown.”

Lloyd District

The Lloyd District, just east of the Willamette and mainly in NE Portland, is primarily a commercial region. Attractions include the Lloyd Center Mall, the Oregon Convention Center and the Rose Garden Arena, home to the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Also in the NE district is the popular arts district on Alberta Street, which hosts events like Last Thursday (in response to Pearl District’s First Thursdays event), in which galleries are open late on the last Thursday of each month.

If you’re planning on traveling outside the city, you won’t be disappointed by the area’s natural wonders. Visible from the city (on clear days) are peaks of three mountainous volcanoes: Mount Saint Helens, Mount Tabor and Mount Hood. all of which have parks and recreational sites. Many of the nearby mountains serve as great slopes for skiers, travel writers say. The Portland area is also a hotspot for wine aficionados. Portland’s tourism website provides information on the area vineyards and wineries that host daily wine tastings.

Hawthorne District

The popular and hip Hawthorne District lies in southeast Portland. It has a rich history of attracting bohemians, hippies, members of the LGBT community and, most recently, young hipsters fresh out of college. The neighborhood is exceedingly pedestrian-friendly, and is packed with excellent pubs and eateries.





28/05/2017

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Travel Coupons: Promo Codes or Coupon Code for Discounts #cheap #flight

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22/05/2017

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Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel

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Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel

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Short of winning a sweepstakes, a no cost holiday to a foreign country is an impossibility for most people. Of course, there are countless ways to reduce the cost of a trip. but ultimately you must decide if the traveling is worth the money you will spend on it. With growing fears of recession and a dramatically weakening dollar, the scales of reason seem to be tipping more and more in favor of staying at home.

But what if you could travel for free, even be paid a stipend, in exchange for contributing time to help a foreign community as a volunteer?

Purposeful travel has become very popular and the opportunities to take ‘volunteer vacations’ are endless. However, all of these programs cost money, often just as much as a traditional package tour.

There are a lot of good reasons why travelers should pay to volunteer. but we are about to see that you don’t have to.

Here are 11 options for free or very cheap travel through volunteering:

Long-term Programs

The Peace Corps is the classic all expenses paid volunteer option that first comes to an American’s mind. They offer two-year appointments, mostly in Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as modest stipends. Popular among recent college graduates, the Peace Corps is actually open to people of all ages. It is part of a larger government program called Freedom Corps. which includes the Volunteers for Prosperity (VfP). VfP offers similar benefits and projects as the Peace Corps, but assignment lengths are variable, from a few weeks to several years in duration.

The United Nations volunteer program sends experienced professionals from almost any field to every region on earth. As a volunteer all expenses, including airfares to and from your work site and any pre-appointment necessities like vaccines and visas, are covered. In addition, volunteers receive various grants and stipends that vary in amount depending on the project’s local economy. Like most of the groups in this list, they are looking for people with extensive experience in their field. Like the Peace Corps, most appoints are for two years, though they claim to be increasing the number of six-month and year-long options.

The ArtCorps is a program specifically designed for professional artists. The program focuses on using art as a teaching tool, as well as a means of expression, for communities that face pressing social problems. Though the program does require that participants do some personal fundraising, the cost of travel is otherwise fully covered, along with a small stipend. Most assignments last 11 months.

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) was recognized as the International Development Charity of the Year at the 2004 UK Charity Awards. They have placed over 30,000 volunteers, primarily in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. They provide a stipend, in addition to covering all expenses. While most assignments last two years, there are some special projects for experienced professionals lasting between two weeks and six months.

Shorter-term Programs

Geekcorps is a volunteer program that specializes in placing experts from the IT industry in communities with the goal of fostering digital independence. Geekcorps runs projects primarily in Mali, Ghana, and Lebanon. The program covers travel and living expenses in addition to providing a small stipend. Most of the placements are four months in duration, though options range from one to six months.

Winrock International is a non-profit organization that works to build economic prosperity and civil empowerment while encouraging sustainable resource use and environmental protection. They have projects in many parts of South America, Asia, and Africa. They offer to cover all travel expenses including a small per diem and most assignments last two to three weeks, including travel time.

ACDI/VOCA leads projects focused primarily on economic development. They are looking for experienced professionals with knowledge of business, banking and finance, marketing, agriculture, food processing, and community development, in addition to other, project specific, areas. They administer projects all over the world and cover all project-related expenses. Typical assignments are between two and four weeks long.

The International Executive Service Corps (IESC) encourages the development of private business and industry with the goal of increasing prosperity and development around the world. They are looking for volunteers with a background in business or industry and operate in many locations. All travel expenses are covered by the program in addition to a small stipend. Assignments vary from one week to several months long.

The Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC) places business and finance professionals in developing and reforming economies to provide education and guidance. They cover all expenses and operate primarily in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Assignments typically last between one and two weeks.

Not Free, But Very Cheap

Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) places volunteers on organic farms around the world. While working, your room and board at the farm is free, though volunteers are responsible for all expenses involved in getting to and from the site. Volunteers must pay a small annual membership fee to join the organization in the country they wish to work in order to access the database of farms. This is a great opportunity to learn about organic farming and spend a week or two doing some fun physical work.

Finally, there are a number of work camps worldwide that place teams of volunteers on a two or three week project. These can involve everything from farming to construction, education to art, every project is different. It costs about $300 for two or three weeks of room, board, and work. Not free, but not bad for two weeks of traveling. These projects are organized through clearing houses, the most popular being Volunteers for Peace and Service Civil International. As a great deal, Volunteers For Peace charge $500 for an entire family. regardless of the size.

Keep in mind that these trips will not be a week sitting on the beach. You will have to work, but even if you are doing something related to your everyday job, the location and unique challenges will make it seem fresh and new.

Besides a vacation, these opportunities provide an opportunity to learn a new language, take a leadership role, experience everyday life in a foreign country, and make some new friends and professional connections. With experiences like that, maybe it is smart to take a vacation during a recession.





20/05/2017

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Tin Inn Travel Trailers – RV Dealers – Klamath Falls, OR

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I recently purchased a sweet little refurbished 1957 Aloha from Tin Inn trailers. I found Wendy the owner of the co really helpful and easy… Read More

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I purchased a 1956 Shasta 1500 from Tin Inn about a year ago, and was told that was advertised as being in amazing condition. IT had the original stove, gas lamp, ice box cabinets in decent condition, etc.  I paid $4000 for it.  In the world of vintage trailers this amount generally is reserved for trailers that have have been restored with rot removed, drip rails and windows removed and reset with new butyl tape.  They still generally have work to be done on them (upholstery, perhaps a broken window to be fixed, exterior paint, etc. ). I was told this trailer had all systems working, no leaks and that all old water damaged panels would be replaced and a new floor and window coverings would be put in before pick up. I was not able to do the pickup.  When my good friend arrived to do the pick up he inspected it and believed it looked as promised.  I arrived home in Oakland California safely and seemingly as promised.  However the first rainstorm revealed leaks in the newly installed roof vent, and in all four corners of the trailer.  Further inspection revealed that new panels had been placed over older rotten panels over rotted framing that was falling apart.  Extensive damage had been concealed.  When I contacted the business I was assured that it hadn t had any leaks and that the seals must have broken in transit.  She offered to have the workman come down and fix it..since he d be traveling to the bay area soon–no thanks. apologized for his inexperience.  I declined this offer, why would I want the person who messed it up to fix it.  Instead she gave me a $300 credit saying that is probably what the repairs would cost.   I wasn t satisfied, but figured this was going nowhere.

I took it upon myself to restore this trailer.  This involved replacing the skin front and back, building new floor front and back, and replacing rotted framing on sides, front and back, new insulation, new birch paneling. pulling, polishing and resetting all the windows and drip rail.  These repairs cost me more than $1,000 to complete using mostly my own labor, to bring it back to the condition is was supposed to have been in when I purchased it.  I added more upgrades and spend countless hours and another $1500 getting her to the point she is now.  This is documented in my blog aguadream.blogspot.com

Never buy a trailer that is promoted as ready to camp no leaks no rot from a distance unless you get full documentation of all work done.  And even then try to get someone who knows what to look for do a full and complete inspection.  If the person you are buying from is a dealer insist on references from at least several buyers who have had their trailers for several months.  A dealer who is proud of their work will be happy to provide oodles of restoration pictures and references.  The going rate for project trailers is 1000 to 1500 in the condition mine was actually in, don t pay more unless you have proof of the work done — which should include at least pictures showing the torn down condition of the trailer and step by step rebuild.  Insist that drip rails and windows be seated in new butyl tape and that NO silicone is used to caulk.   Insist on a complete list of repairs.  If the seller can t produce walk away and keep looking.

There are lots of reputable vintage trailer restorers out there.  Do your homework on facebook groups and other internet resources, go to vintage rallies and talk to owners.  Get a pro to go look at potential trailers with you.  Vintage trailer buffs in your area will likely be happy to oblige.





16/05/2017

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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day or Less

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How to Travel Anywhere in the World on a Budget

“The bible of budget travel.” – BBC

Do you want to travel more but think it s expensive? Would you like to find a way to make travel more affordable?

I m here to show you all the tricks, tips, and unconventional ways you can afford your dream vacation whether that s a trip around the world, a vacation to Disney, or that week long trip to Japan. Wherever you want to go, you can get there without breaking the bank.

I used to see the commercials, watch the ads, and read the magazines and think I ll never be able to afford to travel. There just didn t seem like anything I could do to ever change that. Even if I could get that extra vacation time, hotels, flights, resorts they were all too expensive.

But then I went to Thailand and everything changed.

In 2005, I was on a vacation to Thailand with my friend Scott. We were in Chiang Mai to visit some temples and one day, I left Scott to visit a large temple outside of town and shared taxi with five other strangers (three Canadians and a couple from Belgium).

On the way up to the temple, we started talking. The Canadians were on a break from work and traveling until their money ran out and the couple was using some of their vacation time to travel for a month. Then there was me I was using my entire year s vacation time (in January!!) to be in Thailand.

As we talked about travel, vacation time, and cultural differences, I realized that these 5 people were living my dream. All I wanted was to travel more and these people were actually doing it.

A few days later, I turned to my friend and said When we get home, I m going to save up, finish my MBA, quit my job, and travel the world.

That night I walked into the one book store on the island and bought a travel guide to Southeast Asia. I didn t know when I d travel or where I d go but buying that book and holding it in my hand made my decision seem real. There was no going back. Meeting travelers who were following their dreams made me realize there was no reason not to follow mine and why you can t follow yours either.

HOW TO AFFORD AND PLAN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

You only ever see fancy resorts, hotels, expensive cruises, and tours advertised, right? Why is that? Because only big companies have large advertising budgets and the more expensive travel you buy, the easier it is for them to make money. Small, mom and pop guesthouses, local tour operators, and small local restaurants don’t have the money to pay the fees big media demands so they get ignored.

But they exist and once you know how to find them, they make travel possible for the majority of people (people like me and you) who don t have thousands to spend on a week in Paris.

I know this because I’ve spent the last ten years traveling the world using them to make my trips affordable without sacrificing comfort. Actually traveling showed me that there was a lot more to travel than advertised, and that there are a plethora of ways to travel on a budget of $50 USD per day or less.

In my New York Times best selling book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day . I ll show you step-by-step exactly how to find the deals, tips, and companies that make travel affordable for all. This book takes the information on my website and goes into much more detail was well as features tips, tricks, and country breakdowns never talked about here on the blog! It condenses ten years of travel into one easily referenced book.

I m going to teach you how to become a master traveler so you ll have the lifelong skills to always get the most value from your money, afford any trip, go anywhere, and stop imagining yourself in exotic destinations because you ll actually be there. If that s sound like something you want, you re in the right place! Here s what the editor of National Geographic Traveler said about this book:

If you’ve longed to travel the world but figured it was just an unattainable pipe-dream, take that pipe out of your mouth and read this book. Matt Kepnes does the math and shows you how to make this dream a reality, from how to save for an extended trip, which credit card to get, how to handle banking on the road, to a breakdown of how to save on accommodations, transportation, food, and activities. Matt proves that for most Americans, traveling is cheaper than staying home.

— Marilyn Terrell, National Geographic Traveler

What You ll Learn With This Book

  • Learn how to make your money work for you and never pay overseas bank fees again.
  • Master the ways to get FREE airline tickets and save thousands yes, free!
  • Learn the ins and outs of round the world tickets (and whether or not you need one).
  • Discover what to look for in a backpack so you get one that lasts forever (and is always comfy).
  • Learn how to use travel credit cards to gain hundreds of thousands of free frequent flier and hotel points.
  • Learn where to send your mail and what to do with your stuff before you set off on your adventure.
  • Find out where to find travel discount cards that can save you 40% or more on your trip.
  • Get the secrets to eating cheaply in any city in the world.
  • Get demystified about what travel insurance is, why you need it, and how to pick the right coverage provider.
  • Learn why tourism cards are the best kept travel secret and how to use them to save hundreds in any city you are in.
  • Find out how I manage to cut my transportation costs by 50% and how you can too.
  • Discover all the ways you can get free accommodation from someone s couch to luxurious mansions when you travel.
  • Get stories, tips, and interviews with other travelers to learn from their successes and failures so you avoid rookie mistakes.
  • Get a comprehensive list of all the best companies to use from around the world.

PLUS Get detailed costs for accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, and activities (and specific ways to cut those costs) for the following destinations so you ll know exactly how much everything costs, what you need to budget, and ways to save:

  • Australia
  • Central America
  • China
  • Europe
  • India
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Southeast Asia
  • South America

Each of these sections has destination specific money saving tips so you can learn how to save money in all of these destinations beyond what s talked about above! I get into the nitty gritty because this is about money and spending less of it.

But beyond the practical tips, this softcover print book will lay out planning a long term trip in easy to follow steps that build upon each other, ease your fears, get rid of your anxiety, and comfort you as you prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

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Whether you re a savvy backpacker or just dreaming of getting a passport and going overseas, Matt s collection of easy-to-employ money-saving strategies will open your eyes to the near-infinite ways of seeing the world without busting your budget.”

— Matt Gross, former New York Times Frugal Traveler

If you re thinking Matt, I do want to travel more but $50 still seems like a lot of money. don t worry! Using the plethora of savings tips in this book, you’ll be able to lower your costs and spend less than $50 a day whether you are in Thailand, Japan, Australia, or France. Traveling the world on $50 a day is about a philosophy as much as it is about a specific number. If you just focus on that number, you’ll miss the entire point of the book which is to get you to travel cheaper, longer, and smarter.

I know a lot of worrying goes into planning a trip. How do you plan a flight? Is this a good route? Is that a good company? It s a nail biter but let me take away all that worry and anxiety. I ve been there. I ve felt it. I ve done it.

Whether a two week, two month, or two year trip, we all want to stretch our money further. We want to find ways to travel longer and more often. My book will show you how to go anywhere you want without breaking the bank. I will show you the tips that have kept me traveling to where I want, when I want. No matter how long you want to travel for, now you can.

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12/05/2017

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Flying family dilemma: Lug the car seat or pay up at

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Flying family dilemma: Lug the car seat or pay up at rental counter?

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A woman installs a child in a rear-facing car seat

Traveling parents are in a bind: They don’t want to lug a heavy car seat from home through the airport or risk it getting damaged in the cargo hold, so they opt for renting — but car rental agencies charge between $8 and $13 per car seat, per day. After a few days of renting, you can spend as much as a brand new seat costs — although picking one up safely with kids in tow upon landing would be a challenge.

So, parents open their wallets.

Worse yet, there’s no guarantee that a rented car seat will be in safe condition. Or clean. Or come with an instruction manual on how to install it. Or even be there.

Rental car companies Avis and Hertz told NBC News they provide car seats to its customers as a convenience.

“The daily rental fee pays for a national inventory across all our locations of many more seats than are necessary to meet the demand,” said Hertz spokeswoman Paula Rivera. (The fee is waived for one seat at Hertz for AAA members.)

Laura Bryant, spokeswoman for Enterprise, which also owns Alamo and National, forwarded a copy of Enterprise’s FAQ on child safety seat rental, which says the car rental company “takes child safety and protection very seriously,” and that each seat comes attached with an installation manual for customers to use.

But some parents arrive at the car rental agency and find demand has exceeded the supply of safe, available seats.

Four car seats in a row appeared to be too dirty, flimsy or missing a safety clip when Nathaniel Kelso rented from Dollar Rent A Car after landing in Washington-Dulles in June. He ended up buying a new car seat for his four-month-old, getting a partial refund from Dollar, and selling the car seat at a loss when he got back home.

“We weren’t expecting a luxury seat, but we were expecting something made within the last few years, still serviceable, and clean,” said the 33-year-old design technologist from San Francisco. Dollar didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Stress for parents flying with kids is magnified when a critical travel safety component is missing. While child passenger safety laws vary by state. all states require car seats depending on a child’s age and weight.

Avis was out of car seats when Lori Philips landed in Orlando — despite her calling three times ahead to confirm availability. The car rental agency told her they would refund her purchase if she bought one nearby at Walmart, which would have required her driving there without her three-year-old son in a car seat.

After the 29-year-old social media manager sent a few angry tweets, Avis found a car seat. “But the damage had been done,” she said, “and I will never travel without my own car seat.” Avis didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Stories like these are why Dr. Alisa Baer, a pediatrician and nationally certified child car safety expert known as “The Car Seat Lady,” says it’s best to bring your own.

To avoid the lug factor, Baer recommends a few travel-friendly options. Wheeling devices, such as the GoGoBabyz Travelmate or Brica Roll N’ Go. can make navigating the airport easier. For forward-facing kids up to 65 lbs. the Safety 1st Go Hybrid is a 5-point harness seat that weighs 10 lbs and comes with a travel bag. While the Go can’t be used on the plane itself, it fits into an overhead bin. And for kids in boosters, Baer recommends either the Bubble Bum booster. which weighs a pound and can fit in a child’s bag, or the Safety 1st Boostapak. a child-size backpack with a built-in booster seat.

While bringing your own seat might seem like just another burden to juggle for parents already laden with multiple bags of children’s supplies, and using it on the plane will require purchasing an extra ticket for children under two, safety must be a non-negotiable, said Baer.

“It’s one thing to leave your diet at home while on vacation,” she said. “It’s another to leave your child’s car seat at home.”





04/05/2017

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Cheapest Day to Book Flights: Does Sunday or Tuesday Have Lowest

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Wait a second, now Sunday is the cheapest day to book airline tickets? Forgive us for being skeptical of this (and every previous) study naming one or another day of the week as the best for buying flights.

This week, the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) released a study analyzing roughly 130 million airline tickets booked in the U.S. from January 2013 to July 2014, with the hope of shedding some light on when prices are highest and lowest. Over the years, plenty of these kinds of studies have made the rounds, but the current report differs from the pack in a couple of key ways. It shows:

1) Flight prices are cheaper when booked further in advance. In the past, ARC data has indicated that the lowest domestic flight prices were for tickets purchased 42 days before departure, while other studies have advised travelers to book 49 days in advance for the cheapest fares. The new ARC study shows that, on average, booking 57 days out yields the best prices. What s more, researchers found that average ticket prices were fairly flat during the window of time 50 to 100 days before departure. In other words, the best bet is to book 50 to 100 days beforehand: Tickets purchased during that period were $85 cheaper than the overall average for all domestic flight prices ($495.55).

2) Weekends are cheaper booking days than weekdays. This is the truly surprising takeaway from the study. According to ARC data, the average price of a domestic flight purchased on a Sunday was $432, and it was slightly higher on Saturday, at $437. For a long time, the consensus advice was that the lowest prices were to be found on flights booked on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (when airlines tend to roll out new flight sales), yet the new study shows the average paid on Tuesday was $497.

The smartest travelers seem to be those who booked flights on a Sunday 50 to 100 days before departure: They paid $110 less for their tickets compared to the average.

High Fares, Record Profits

Why is it that Saturday and Sunday seemingly have replaced Tuesday and Wednesday as the cheapest days for booking? The current mentality of the airline industry which is less competitive and more profitable than it s been in years offers some explanation. As Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal noted regarding the shift to weekends: Airline executives come into work Monday looking to raise fares, not discount them with sales to fill seats.

Earlier this week, for instance, the country s largest domestic carriers hiked airfares. a move that would seem to be not only unnecessary but downright greedy considering that fuel prices are plummeting. Given strong demand for air travel and American travelers apparent willingness to pay increasingly high prices for flights, airline executives are no longer worried about filling planes with passengers. They ve moved on to worrying about surpassing their (already record high) profits, and they re raising fares at every opportunity, for the same reason they ve relentlessly been adding fees. Because they can.

In any event, the fact that airfares are rising would seem to give travelers even more reason to take notice of studies by the likes of ARC and adopt new booking routines, right? Well, maybe, maybe not. The problem with all of these studies is that they re generalized and are based on averages from the past. The takeaways they offer may, in fact, not help you save on money your specific flight needs in the future.

Take holiday travel, for instance, when passengers are truly most in need of money-saving advice because prices tend to be so high. In the quest for cheap Thanksgiving airfare. the guidelines mentioned above don t really apply. Several booking sites point to data indicating that the lowest prices for flights over Thanksgiving weekend are likely to be found two to four weeks before departure that is, unless you absolutely need to fly on the peak-peak days of the Wednesday before or the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Flights on those days should be purchased far in advance, ideally several months beforehand. In other words, booking a Thanksgiving weekend flight 50 to 100 days ahead of time is probably a bad strategy, no matter what day of the week you re searching for flights.

What s more, all when to buy advice is based on past performance, as a recent Quartz post on Thanksgiving travel advice painstakingly made clear.

The Trouble With Simple Advice

The WSJ s McCartney pointed out that airlines are more inclined lately to discount flights booked on weekends because that s when leisure travelers are likely to be casually noodling around online and may be enticed to make an impulsive flight purchase if the price is right. The vast majority of business travel, meanwhile, is booked on weekdays, and business travelers are less sensitive to pricing because the flights are deemed more essential. At the same time, however, airlines still do regularly introduce fresh flight sales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to boost seat purchases on routes that aren t filling up.

What all of these strategies have in common is that the airlines are reacting to traveler behavior and are lowering or raising prices to maximize revenues. If and when travelers change their behavior again say, if a critical mass of business travelers suddenly starts booking flights on Sunday rather than Monday the airlines will tweak their pricing tactics accordingly. All of which is a roundabout way of pointing out that there are far too many complications for simple advice like book on Sunday or book on Tuesday to be valid across the board. (We re only talking domestic flights, mind you; booking advice for international flight is more complicated still.)

Probably the only solid time-tested guideline for finding inexpensive flights is this: Booking too early is generally bad, but booking too late is likely worse. The average domestic flight purchased 225 to 300 days before departure cost $500 to $550, per the ARC study, while the average for a ticket on the day of departure was around $650.

How do you find the sweet spot in the middle, when prices are lowest? It s complicated, dependent on a range of factors including the destination, season, and day of the week you re traveling; whether there s a convention or major event where you re going; and even larger forces like the state of the economy and yep, gas prices. Kayak and Hopper are among the flight search tools that use historical pricing data to try to predict whether fares on a given route will rise or fall, but again, past performance is no guarantee of future results especially not in recent years, when airline executives have regularly rejiggered their pricing tactics, generally sending fares up. up, and up.

Despite the dizzying amount of tech at traveler s fingertips, the question of when to book remains largely unanswerable. Yes, it s wise to hunt during that window 50 to 100 days in advance, and sure, try to remember to poke around for flights especially over the weekends. But be on the lookout on Tuesdays and Wednesday too, because that s when sales pop up. Consult historical pricing data and airfare price predicting tools, just don t expect to pay the same bargain-basement fare you got a decade or even one year ago. Pay attention to airfare sale-tracking services like airfarewatchdog. but bear in mind the best deals are often for fluky routes and days and may not work for your travel needs. Perhaps wisest of all, use an airfare tracking service like that of Yapta. which will alert you if and when a flight on your route and dates has reached your desired price threshold. Just try to be realistic with the kind of fare you can expect nowadays.





02/05/2017

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get Paid To Do It!)

When I turned 18, I decided to move out of my parents’ home. I wanted to see the world, but I had no money at all. How could I travel the world when I was totally broke? But I also believe our dreams can come true when we set ourselves up for success. I found ways to move around despite my lack of money. I hope I can open your horizons a bit and inspire you to find creative ways of getting paid to travel, or at least to cover some (if not all) of your travel expenses.

Work As An Au-pair

An au-pair (literally meaning an extra pair of hands) is usually a young foreign person between 18 and 30 years old, who wants to travel the world, learn a new language, experience a new culture, and live new adventures. In exchange for that, they offer a maximum of 25 to 30 hours of help to a local family who provides food and accommodation, plus pocket money. The au-pair lives with a local family, usually helps with the children, and should be considered a member of the family and treated respectfully.

When searching for a host family, make sure you are like-minded and have a lot of things in common. That s the key to a great experience. Some families will offer some perks, like your airfare, a language course, a monthly transportation pass, etc. Check which family offers you the best perks, but always keeping in mind that compatibility, similar ethics and lifestyle is way more important than any “perk.”

I´m now in Switzerland, doing a very short au-pair program. I have a wonderful host family, great children and I´m very glad I had this chance to live in Zurich, while experiencing the culture through the eyes of a local family.

Work At Summer Camps Across the United States

Summer camps can be a great opportunity for you to travel to the States and have all your expenses met. Every summer, hundreds of American summer camps fill up with children wanting to have a great time. You can travel to another state if you want a new experience as a camp counselor, and some of the camps also hire young foreigners who want to have a taste of America and meet people from all walks of life in exchange for daily activities with kids. You won t make a fortune and you might not be able to save much, but you ll be paid and have zero expenses.

After the summer camps are over, you have the opportunity to travel all over the United States with the money you made. You ll probably team up with other people you ve met at the camp so you won t be on your own.

Teach English

This is probably the most profitable work/travel opportunity out there. If you re a native speaker, you can just take a short online course or even find countries which won t require any certificate.

If English is not your native language, you can still do it, but you should have decent English skills. Having actually completed an ESL course is a plus as well.

Work on a Cruise Line

This is hard work and you ll be living with the people you work with, which is not always easy — especially if you don t like or don t get along with someone. But it s a great opportunity to travel and making good money at the same time. Your ability to have time off when the ship arrives at a certain port depends on your type of job and duties. If you re in the cleaning department, you might have to work, but if you re working with other departments like entertainment, massage, hairdresser, etc, you might have time off.

Every year many cruise lines around the world recruit people from all walks of life. If you want to sail across the world, get a CV ready and check for hiring dates. A quick Google search should tell you which cruise lines fit you better, which routes you d like to do, and who s recruiting. There are also forums where you can ask questions to people who work or have worked aboard cruises.

Work as a Tour Guide

Are you extrovert, communicative, and have patience to deal with people all day long?

I believe being a tour guide or tour leader can be one of the best ways of exploring the world, get paid, and have no expenses. You might get to experience things you wouldn t otherwise. You ll meet people from all over the world and live a wonderful adventure. Some tour companies specialize in adventure travel, budget travel, spring break adventures. you ll find something that relates to you if you search for it. Contracts usually last for a year or more, so you ll have to be very available with no attachments, no pets, no and no significant other (unless you don t want to see them more than once a year!). This is easy for the early 20s, but more complicated for the older folks. I think it s a chance you could grab if you re totally free.

Get A Temporary Agriculture Job

I ve picked up grapes in France for 3 weeks and then had money to travel for a year — on a super low budget, not luxury traveling for sure! Usually, the money is great and the work is temporary. You ll meet other people from all over the world, mainly travelers who are also gathering some cash together. You usually get a free place to stay and some wine for your efforts. Everyone I know and who did grape picking in France said the job was super easy, relaxed and fun. Australia and New Zealand usually welcome farm workers as well.

Workaway

You won t be paid as a workawayer, but you should have all expenses covered, while volunteering. The Workaway website is a work/exchange volunteer type of program, with projects all over the world. I love the workaway concept of making your way around the world by volunteering and giving back to the community, while having the expenses paid and getting to know a new culture in depth. Workaway is perfect for people who want to stay a long time in a certain place for free or as a chance to learn a new language.

Couchsurfing And BlaBlaCar

I ve met the most amazing people through the Couchsurfing community. People are usually very open-minded and generous. If you want to travel around and have a free place to sleep, this is the best option! Remember that hosts’ homes are not a free hotel, so treat them and their space with respect, offer to cook for them, and always keep in mind you re being welcomed by a very generous person who hosted you out of kindness.

If you want to connect with local people, hang out, make new friends, find company to do activities, check out the events page at the Couchsurfing website. There s always something going on!

If you have a car or a van and enjoy traveling by road, using BlaBlaCar or some other type of carpooling website will meet all of your travel expenses. On these carpooling/ride share websites, people share expenses and travel by land. You have to all be heading in the same general direction, but if you take a couple of people, you re probably be able to cover 100% of the fuel costs. This is a win-win situation for all: carpoolers will have the convenience of going by car and not having to drive, and you’ll have your gas money covered. (Don’t have a car? Check it out anyway for a few outstanding cheap rides; you ll save an incredible amount of money. Oftentimes, there are free rides because some people get really bored traveling long distances alone and are happy to just have company to chat while they’re driving.)

Making Sure Your Food Expenses Are Covered

I didn t buy basically any food during those overland trips. I had no cash for that, so what did I do?

Most bakeries, pizza shops, and restaurants throw away ALL the fresh food they didn t sell during that day. So I took advantage of that. When I traveled around Italy, I ate pizza nonstop: they were free and healthy, and filled with veggies and good quality ingredients. In the evening, before the bakeries or pizzerias closed, I d ask if they had any food they were about to throw away. I usually got more food than I could even carry, leaving me with dinner, breakfast and lunch for next day.

People can be extremely generous and they have nothing to lose by offering the food. Be aware this WON T work with big chains, just small family businesses!

I also asked around in the markets. I remember in Venezia, I got so many fresh tomatoes that I had daily delicious sandwiches. I got lots of free fruits as well. In France, I got lots of veggie burgers and other 100% organic/bio products from health food stores. They gave me excellent products that were about to expire in a couple of days. Most market vendors will give you free vegetables and fruit, sometimes more than you can carry! If you have access to a kitchen, you can eat extremely well without spending a cent.





29/04/2017

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Affiliate marketing in travel is dead or should be #travel #to

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Affiliate marketing in travel is dead [or should be]

Jul 4.2012

NB:  This is a guest article by Martin MacDonald, SEO director at Expedia Affiliate Network. covering SEO and social media.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at the A4U Europe Conference in Barcelona.

One of the panels was looking at the future of affiliate marketing, and the last question that we were posed was as follows:

What is the number one hint you could give an affiliate?

The answer given elicited a round of applause from the audience – which was made even stranger as my rebuttal was:

Stop being an affiliate, take control of the conversion funnel, and build something with substance and value.

Now that may have seemed a crazy thing to say, especially at an affiliate focused conference, but allow me to qualify my reasoning.

Affiliates lack control

Building a credible business which attracts converting traffic is neither an easy, nor a cheap matter for most businesses. Content production and marketing costs alone can run into the tens of thousands of dollars for even a reasonably basic site.

If your investment hinges on the conversion abilities of another merchant, you are exposing yourself massively to that other brand.

Apart from the lack of influence in the conversion funnel, as an affiliate you are also losing (most of the time) the ability to market and remarket directly to your qualified leads – the people that have purchased a product previously after being through your site; aka your customers.

The last thing on a the topic of control is the ability to run specific campaigns that work for your customers – merchant websites generally have to cover as wide a set of demographics as possible, but you might operate within a very distinctive niche which may have specific needs.

Affiliate websites are hated by Google

This is a tough one, affiliate websites have for the past few years been one of Google’s main projects to make life difficult in the results.

This may seem unfair, but if we switch things around and look at this from the search engine’s perspective, I think its perfectly reasonable.

Let’s say you were looking for a hotel in Southern Spain for a family holiday, and you google something relevant, maybe family hotels costa del sol , and the first ten results are all pretty much carbon copies of each other, that’s hardly a good experience for the consumer.

That’s why google have really cracked down in the last two years on affiliate sites built using database information as opposed to unique content.

To break it down simply, its pretty easy to spot which sites have been created by some clever manipulation of data files (be it a list of hotels from Expedia, right through to a list of discount codes from an affiliate network), as opposed to a site which has been hand written with unique and interesting information.

So what’s the solution?

The perfect solution is to stop sending your valuable traffic to a merchant site to convert – vertical integration of the supply path.

That’s simply not a practical proposition though for most affiliates in most industries. I spent many years working in the online gambling industry, where developing your own product can costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, and even white label solutions start in excess of $20,000 in set-up costs.

Luckily travel doesn’t operate like that – there are plenty of fully white label solutions out there which are free to use and get setup on, from almost every main supplier of travel products.

With these products you can offer a seamless experience to your visitors by allowing them to find your site, research the product on your site, and convert on your site.

Crucially of course, you then keep the data, and they purchased the product from you, NOT from the merchant, therefore you are more likely to receive the added benefit of repeat orders.

Another consideration here is one of branding – when you are looking to build a business with longevity online, the branding is one of the primary assets.

After all, with an online (affiliate model) business physical location and stock etc. rarely come into play.

An example from another vertical is moneysavingexpert.com – on the face of it, it is just a financial affiliate site – but as a brand it has become synonymous in the UK with financial products, which is why it managed to sell at a value in excess of $130 million.

That valuation is based on the brand of the website, NOT the revenue.

More examples (again from the finance industry) of the importance of the brand, is the extraordinary lengths major affiliates are going to these days even where it seems impossible to build something that is fun, on topic and resonates with consumers.

UK financial services site CompareTheMarket realized this in the creation of its Meerkat campaigns ; GoCompare  likewise with the tenor campaign – and the list goes on.

That’s the secret sauce that every merchant operates their affiliate program in the knowledge of.

While the affiliates might refer good leads at an expensive cost (vertical dependant), merchants are fully aware that they get to keep the repeat business, and even if no sale is made they get qualified traffic for free – additionally helping the branding.

Attracting the customers in the first place though is one of the toughest parts of the value chain. Don’t sacrifice any more of your marketing efforts – bring your sales funnel in house using white label solutions, and build additional value into your business!

NB:  This is a guest article by Martin MacDonald, SEO director at Expedia Affiliate Network. covering SEO and social media.





29/04/2017

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Flight upgrades: 20 tips for free or cheap business class #kesineni

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Get free or business on the cheap

They’re the Holy Grail for regular travellers but while rare, flight upgrades do exist.

The chances of getting one can be slim, but here are our top 20 tips for boosting your chances of bagging a better seat. Of course, the bulk of these tips won’t be relevant on a budget airline where there is only one class.

Join frequent flyer schemes before you fly

The best way to get regular upgrades is to join a frequent flyer scheme and diligently build up points/miles.

Getting to top levels like ‘Gold’ or ‘Premier’ (varies by airline) gives you huge status at check-in, putting you at the front of the line for any spare expensive seats, and sometimes even equals an upgrade every time one’s available. Of course, to get there, you need to fly regularly and airlines can make it tricky to accrue points on discounted flights.

If you don’t take to the skies that often, it’s still a good idea to join as most are free and you’re more likely to get an upgrade than if you’ve no relationship with the airline at all.

Even if you have no intention of sticking with the airline you’re flying with, it could still be worth joining its scheme to leapfrog people who haven’t, and nothing stops you signing up for a few different ones.

If you have no luck with a free upgrade, loyalty schemes also allow you to use any points to buy an upgrade for some tickets.

It’s not what you know but who you know

If you’ve got close friends at the check-in desk, or better still, higher up in the airline, they may be able to wangle you occasional special privileges. Some airlines also give their staff upgrade vouchers, which’ll effectively buy you an upgrade if there’s a higher-class seat available.

Don’t waste your time or miles on short-haul upgrades. long-haul is where it’s at

There’s not much point going to the end of the Earth to wangle a free upgrade on a short-haul flight, and certainly little sense in using your flyer points or cash to pay for one. Often, all you get is a slightly bigger seat and a fancier sandwich at best.

Instead, medium and long-haul flights offer the best value upgrades and you’ll have time to enjoy them. You only tend to get the flat beds and all the bells and whistles on a longer journey.

What do I get if I upgrade?

Here we explain the different cabin classes and what you typically get. But before getting into the nitty-gritty, this is about non-budget airline cabins, given the budget carriers only have one class. The four main classes are.

Economy class. Small seat, basic food, basic service.

With limited legroom on most long-haul carriers, ‘cattle class’ offers the most basic service, and is primarily the domain of leisure travellers.

What’s included can vary widely, though. Nifty website SeatGuru shows whether an airline includes in-seat video and games, and if there is a power socket and wi-fi.

Not on every airline, premium economy offers a similar overall service to regular economy, but around six extra inches of legroom with seats that fold back further, making sleeping much easier – especially if you’re tall.

Business class. Big and possibly fold-flat seat, luxury food & service, lounge access

Flying business on European short-haul flights isn’t so exciting; many book it to get access to the lounge (see cheap lounge access instead). Going long-haul business class is a different story, with all sorts of benefits.

This highly profitable class is made to impress, so travellers get faster check-in, top quality menus, and many long-haul business class seats can be rendered totally flat for sleeping. You can find quasi-classes, such as Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class, which many say is a cross between business and first.

First class. High-end luxury, exceptional cost, lounge access

True first class only exists on premium commercial routes, so beware as a few airlines call their business class “first”. It means the crиme de la crиme of comfort, both on the plane and at the airport. Often the seat can be replaced by a full bed with bedding. Massages may also be available, as well as the highest quality of personal concierge service.

Of course, this level of luxury comes at an eye-watering price. For a transatlantic return, 6,000 isn’t surprising.

Free upgrades do happen – nearly one in five have got one in the last two years

They might be less frequent than they used to be, but free upgrades do still exist. In July 2014 we polled our users who’d flown in the last two years and found 16% had been upgraded for free, though of those on a non-budget airline, the figure is 18%.





22/04/2017

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Incentive Travel: Group or Individual Travel Programs #travel #essentials

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Incentive Travel

We know travel.

We began as a travel company 50 years ago and evolved into a full-service incentive marketing company with an experienced and highly knowledgeable travel staff. We create once-in-a-lifetime custom experiences for our participants—taking them to destinations they never imagined. It’s rare that a client chooses a destination we haven’t been to or operated programs in.

Our team provides all of the services necessary to create a memorable event—including meticulous program design and planning and budgeting, promotions and communications, on-site operations and management and measurement.

We take care of all of the important details, including registration, airfare and transportation, onsite services, onsite billing and reconciliation, post-trip evaluations and emergency services.

In some situations, Group Travel programs aren’t a feasible option. Our individual travel programs offer your participants an alternative that fits within their schedules and preferences—with the same attention to detail and operational excellence.

Because of our extensive network of partners and suppliers, we’re able to manage your travel program efficiently and effectively. Our travel staff has keen expertise in negotiating costs to ensure maximum impact with minimum overhead spend.

Get in Touch with an Incentive Travel Expert Now!





20/04/2017

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Portland, OR Hotels – View 225 Cheap Hotel Deals #flight #prices

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Portland Hotel & Travel Guide

Portland is one of the weirdest and most wonderful towns in the Pacific Northwest thanks to its delicious food, world-class people watching, ample art scene, acres of green space, and effortless natural beauty. This eclectic Oregon city just begs to be visited. If you’re ready to experience the wonderful weirdness of Portland. book one of the many hotels in Portland to get your Oregon journey started.

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Out and About in Portland

For unique accommodations, consider a stay at one of the many boutique hotels in Portland. When you’re ready to get out and see the town, head to Powell’s City of Books, which is one of the country’s largest bookstores. Boasting three stories and one complete city block, Powell’s is every book lover’s dream. When you’re finished cracking spines, head to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a beautiful public area located in the center of Chinatown. In the afternoon, check out The Grotto, a popular local cathedral that offers ample botanical gardens and gorgeous architecture. In the evening, head down to one of the city’s many microbreweries to enjoy a pint and some live music.

Portland is a city that knows all about food and visitors will have no trouble searching for a bite. For breakfast, head to the Stepping Stone Cafe for a house-made Bloody Mary and a delicious omelette made from local eggs. For lunch grab some authentic Thai food at Thai Peacock Restaurant, located downtown, and then head across the river to Castagna on Hawthorne Boulevard for dinner. This classy local establishment offers foraged greens, molecular style, and show-stopping presentations. For a post-dinner cocktail, head north of the 84 to Hale Pele for a tiki-themed drink made with a healthy dose of Portland flair.

Travelocity can help you search for Portland hotel deals to assist you in your wonderfully weird vacation. With so many cheap hotels in Portland, your trip will exceed expectations while also staying under budget.





16/04/2017

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Portland, OR Travel Guide #vegas #travel #deals

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Portland, OR Travel Guide

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Whether you call it PDX, P-town, Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, or simply Portland, you’ll want to visit this vibrant destination in the. Read More

Whether you call it PDX, P-town, Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, or simply Portland, you’ll want to visit this vibrant destination in the Pacific Northwest for its eccentric locals, its dynamic downtown—resplendent with microbreweries, coffee shops, brunch spots, and book stores—and the sweeping natural scenery that surrounds it, like the sparkling Willamette River and majestic Mount Hood.

Eco-conscious travelers shouldn’t pass up a chance to visit Portland for some of the greenest urban policies in the United States, while food and drink connoisseurs will flock to the city for the best local microbrews and ultra-hip eateries tucked into charming urban pockets throughout the city. Everyone will appreciate the cultural offerings and natural sites. No matter what interests you, T+L’s Portland travel guide has you covered.

With forward-thinking chefs, green urban spaces, and a laid-back sensibility, Portland, Oregon, makes for the perfect getaway. While the sprawling Southeast area is popular for its indie shops and Craftsman bungalows, it’s also home to Division Street, the city’s newly minted restaurant row. The Pearl District remains its most upscale area, with the shopping and luxury lofts to match, while downtown’s creative hub in the West End caters to hipsters at packed cafés and buzzy lounges.

Portland’s climate is mild year-round, but winters bring cloudy weather and lots of rain. Plan your visit in the spring to see rhododendrons, azaleas, cherry trees, and roses come into full bloom amid occasional spring showers, or visit in summer to experience long, dry days and warm temperatures, with plenty of outdoor festivals to keep you busy (there’s the Portland Rose Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, MusicfestNW, Time-Based Art Festival, and the Pedalpalooza bike festival, to name but a few). Go in the fall if you’re looking for slightly cooler weather, or to experience the city’s many cultural offerings, including musicals, opera, ballet, and the Portland symphony.





16/04/2017

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Travel to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean – Canberra, Australia –

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Travel to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows a maximum stay of 90 days stay. If you go to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean, and while you are there your initial 90-day period of entry expires, you may encounter a problem when you need to come back in to the U.S. to fly home. The terms of the VWP are very clear – it is only to be used for occasional, short visits to the U.S. If the CBP Officer thinks you are trying to “reset” the clock by making a short trip out of the U.S. and re-entering for another 90-day period, you can be denied entry. (If that happens, you will have to obtain a visa for any future travel to the U.S.) In order to be re-admitted to the U.S. shortly after a previous admission expired, you will have to convince a CBP Officer that you are not trying to “game” the system.

The following outlines a few common situations facing those travelling for an extended time in Canada or Mexico.

Travelling to Canada for the Canadian Working Holiday Program (WHP)

Applicants travelling to Canada for the Canadian WHP may wish to apply for a tourist visa prior to travel, rather than use the VWP. Most flights to Canada transit the United States, and if you are planning to spend longer than 90 days in Canada the VWP may not be appropriate for such a transit.

Additionally, WHP participants may wish to visit the United States from time to time while living in Canada. This again may require a tourist visa, rather than the VWP. Most short terms visitors to the United States enter on the B1/B2 Business/Tourism visa. This visa is valid for 1 or 5 years for Australian citizens and allows for multiple entries during this time. If you hold a passport from a country other than Australia you can check the validity for that passport at the following: http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_3272.html

Study in Canada or Mexico

Those planning to go on exchange in Canada or Mexico find themselves in a similar situtation to the one outlined above for WHP participants. Though the planned period of stay is normally shorter (5 months instead of 12 or 24), a visa imay be required as it exceeds 90 days. Ultimately, entry will always be at the discretion of the Customs officer at the port of entry, so there is never any guarantee of entry of refusal.

Applicants who are unsure of their itinerary are welcome to contact our office for further information and clarification of the requirements. Our contact information is at the bottom of the page.

J1 Visa Holders

If you have been in the United States on a J1 visa and wish to visit Canada or Mexico at the conclusion of your program, you may not be able to use the VWP to re-enter the United States. In this instance you may require a B1/B2 visa.

Transit

All passengers must have permission to enter the United States, regardless of their intended length of stay or whether or not they intend to leave the airport. If your flight stops in the United States, this is considered to be your first entry, and the 90 day admission period will begin from that date. As such, a visa may be required for your stay in Canada or Mexico even if you only plan to transit the United States on your way to and from Australia or another destination.

Transit to Mexico – travelling on to Central/South America

If you are planning to transit the United States on the way to Mexico you may be able to use the VWP, provided that your itinerary shows you leaving North America entirely before re-entering the United States. For example, if you were to travel in Mexico before heading south to Guatemala or Brazil, you would have left the VWP zone. As such, you would be permitted to transit back through the United States on the VWP to your next destination.

Adjacent Islands

The following is a list of the adjacent islands which are also included in the VWP ‘zone’.

Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Marie-Galante, Martinique, Miquelon, Montserrat, Saba, Saint-Barthelemy, Saint Christopher, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre, Saint Vincent, Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Other British, French and Netherlands territory or possessions bordering on the Caribbean Sea.

For further information regarding the B1/B2 visa, please visit the following: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/business-tourist.html





12/04/2017

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